How to I go about petitioning a court to named as the executor of an estate if there was no will?
2 Answers from Attorneys
You apply in the Surrogate's Court located in the county where the decedent lived at death to be named Administrator of the estate. A close relative has priority, i.e.: surviving spouse, child, etc. You may be required to post a bond.
This can be done for you by an attorney.
I agree with Arnold on the procedure and the priority of who can qualify.