New York Consolidated Laws, Surrogate's Court Procedure Act - SCP § 707. Eligibility to receive letters

Letters may issue to a natural person or to a person authorized by law to be a fiduciary except as follows:

1. Persons ineligible

(a) an infant

(b) an incompetent

(c) a non-domiciliary alien except one who is a foreign guardian as provided in subdivision four of section one thousand seven hundred sixteen of this chapter, or one who shall serve with one or more co-fiduciaries, at least one of whom is resident in this state.  Any appointment of a non-domiciliary alien fiduciary or a New York resident fiduciary hereunder shall be made by the court in its discretion

(d) a felon

(e) one who does not possess the qualifications required of a fiduciary by reason of substance abuse, dishonesty, improvidence, want of understanding, or who is otherwise unfit for the execution of the office.

2. Persons ineligible in court's discretion.  The court may declare ineligible to act as fiduciary a person unable to read and write the English language.

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