One of the roles of the administrator of the estate is to bring claims on behalf of the estate. In this case, the administrator filed a wrongful death claim on behalf of the estate of his deceased minor daughter. The defendant responded by challenging the administrator’s eligibility to serve as estate administrator.
In New York there are rules related to who can serve as the administrator of an estate. These rules apply whether the person was nominated in a decedent’s will to serve as the executor or the person petitions the courts to serve as the administrator of an intestate estate. According to Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act § 707, anyone is eligible to receive letters unless he or she is ineligible. Among those who are ineligible are felons.
In Passalacqua v. State, the claimant father of the decedent alleges that the decedent died due to the negligence of the defendant. The claim alleges that the decedent, his 12-year old daughter, was attacked and killed by a parolee who was under the defendant’s supervision and that the defendant was “negligent, wanton, reckless and careless” in that he failed to provide reasonable and proper supervision of the parolee.