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Asked on: 5/31/12, 8:06 pm

My uncle passed away in New York leaving no will. His brother and my mother were the only immediate beneficiaries of his estate. However now we have found 2 other beneficiaries from among his relatives. I have been assigned duties as the administrator of his estate. My question is, to what extent legally are we bound to attempt to find his other relatives (many are overseas)? I have read something about a 7 month limit for finding beneficiaries, but I'm not clear on the details. The bottom line is, I don't want to responsible for new beneficiaries claiming they are owed part of his estate AFTER we've distributed the estate.

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