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to make appropriate funeral arrangements if there is no immediate family member available to make the decision; to carry out thorough investigation to uncover all wealth; to dissolve or allocate wealth to the beneficiaries upon purchase; to settle the deceased's accounts and tax; and to identify the beneficiaries of the succession and to make sure that the heir is legally qualified.
In several cases, the public trustee manages inheritances, among others in the following cases: In order to conclude this procedure, the public manager sometimes has to hire bookkeepers, auctions and other employees. A trustee must take stock of the testator's belongings, make tax payments, make burial arrangements and settle the burial invoice and other debt and receivables; and dispose of the testator's belongings as necessary to achieve this goal.
Sometimes the public administrator has to protect the inheritance and file complaints to solve civilian problems. Queens County Public Administrator's office is an equal opportunity employer.
A report says that in New York, tens of thousand properties are poorly managed.
New York State Attorney General and State Comptroller charged New York City's official trustees with'significant shortcomings and dubious practices'' in dealing with the estate of those who will not. Demanding "major reforms" in the system, they said that the Manhattan official administrator and his adviser had postponed the resolution of tens of thousands of rebates valued at $mul.
They did not, however, blame her or the other government officials for corrupt practices. Attorney General Robert Abrams and Comptroller Edward v. Regan made the indictments at a Manhattan press briefing in which they unveiled the discoveries of their 18-month collective examination of the state's general administrative system. Its 55-page account gives an account of the five municipal administrations in the town.
In the suburbs and hinterland districts, a second account of the state's six other governmental trustees will be published later, they said. An official trustee nominated by the Regional Tribunal administers bequests of persons who have not bequeathed a will or whose will designates an enforcer who cannot or will not be minister.
As a rule, the official manager or an attorney appointed by him takes funeral precautions, gathers and administers the deceased's estates and handles the settlement of the bequest. Mr Abrams and Mr Regan said in their reports that all five New York City government stewards had kept poor record keeping, lightly administered ownership and permitted "unnecessary or questionable" charges for advisors, bookkeepers and auctions.
Manhattan's public administrator, Bruno Cappellini, and his lawyer, Joseph T. Arenson, were quoted for "uniquely alarming" negligence and maladministration and "unscrupulous delays" in the regulation of bequests. At a press briefing last night, both Mr Cappellini and Mr Arenson rejected any misconduct. It was an unjust and political one.
'' Mr Cappellini said he would remain in position as long as Manhattan's two substitute magistrates were there. Mr Cappellini will still use the legal practice of Mr Arenson, he said. Mr Arenson has been the advisor to the Manhattan Government official for 35 years, he noted.
Both in Staten Island and Manhattan, the public administrator, John D. Kearney, was quoted for bad accounting, which is'ample time for undiscovered embezzlement,'' Mr Regan said. This investigation is partly the result of the Queens County government's investigation into corrupt practices, Mr Abrams said. According to Abrams, the document states that "legitimate successors often have to postpone years, even years, before they receive the property to which they are entitled.
'' Now the five town' s official stewards are controlling 4,000 open lands with almost 106 million dollars in property. Mr Abrams and Mr Regan did not blame any of the government stewards or their staff and advisers for corrupt practices or crime, but Mr Regan said that the government stewards were using the ethical and moral standards they were supposed to uphold in the vicinity of criminals' benefits.
'' One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the government has not been able to find such properties. The reports says researchers from the general administrator's bureau, who are often the only ones to look for and inventorize properties in a deceased's home, do not often report locating money or jewellery, even though the law enforcement often reports locating such properties in similar situations. t... Similar differences were found in Manhattan and the Bronx, the statement said, while in Queens detectives usually find currency, but in abnormally small sums.
I am annoyed by the allusion in the document that this was stolen," Mr Cappellini said. Mr. Abrams and Mr. Regan also noted the large discrepancies in the wages of the municipal administrations, which are financed from the city's resources, and their lawyers, who are entitled to a charge based on the amount of the inheritance.
For example, in 1985 in Manhattan, Mr. Cappellini recieved a pay of $54,667 while Mr. Arenson's partnership recouped $1. 7 million, the report said. Mr. Arenson said that 98% of the work done by his office is for the accountant and that much of it is non-compensated.
Charges to councils in the city's other provinces in 1985 varied from $28,000 in Staten Island to $680,000 in Brooklyn, the reports said. Mr. Abrams declined to say if he suspected any of the general trustees of having received bribes from their councils, but said his bureau is pursuing its inquiry.
Mr Abrams and Mr Regan claim in their reports that Mr Cappellini has at least 1, 000 open properties under his management for more than six years, many of them for exceptional terms of up to 51 years. Mr Cappellini admitted that his offices had closed a large number of old properties only slowly, but attributed the delays to a small workforce and an underfunding.
A 21-strong firm, which has to handle five or six new cases every single working day, does not give the old cases high priorities. Another issue in the Manhattan bureau, according to the Manhattan Survey, is a storehouse in complete turmoil, where ownership is accumulated arbitrarily and regardless of its value.
'' Mr Cappellini, who has been the official steward in Manhattan for 11 years, said the camp has not been used for years and is considered as another low-priority. According to the reports, in all five districts, the use of lawyers and bookkeepers by the government manager leads to administration expenses that appear to be much higher than necessary.
'' Mr Abrams and Mr Regan demanded a piece of law requiring the authorities to recruit their own personnel for these missions. In addition, they demanded the delegation of the authority to nominate the municipal administration. Doing so would resolve a possible conflicting interest - as the general trustee sometimes appear before the deputy - and would give the municipality straightforward accountability for verifying assertions of malpractice, the report-sommented.