For what purpose? Are you claiming that something about the building caused her death? Is there a will? Where was your mother living at the time? Consult with an experienced NY personal injury/wrongful death attorney.
Sorry to hear about your mother’s passing, but I am not sure what your question is. Please give us some additional facts.
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Estates, Powers & Trusts Law section 4-1.1 sets out next of kin for purposes of inheritence. What is your issue?
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Eric gave you the NY statute regarding next of kin, but the bigger issue, is what happened???? Why do you think the building has liability? You may want to edit and provide more facts to get better answers. My condolences for your loss.
Please accept my deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother. Your question is not entirely clear. In any event, you should sit down with an experienced local attorney to get all your questions answered.
What is the context of your inquiry?
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What the other lawyers are saying is that "next of kin" can have different contexts; and legal issues and authority depends on the context (how the phrase is being used and for what purpose). If you can explain what NYPD is using "next of kin" for, you will get more definitive answers. If they just want to find out what to do with your mother's body in the immediate future, the use and authority is much different that regarding some other issues that may arise. I think that, if you become active and let people know of your relationship and interest in acting for and regarding your mother, you will be able to clear this up. Good luck with it.
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