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Good morning, welcome to Just Answer. NY Surrogates Courts are notoriously slow and unresponsive to even attorneys. In my experience they work on their own time schedule and are a separate court than the New York Supreme Courts, they have their own rule and laws, and slower time frames. Your mother and family situation is common regarding the administration, and the payout of the settlement check to your mother, many times the court asks the attorneys to file additional document depending on the settlement order from the court. If the case was settled in 2015 it does not seem like an very unusual time frame based upon your description of the facts surrounding your mothers appointment. You may want to ask the attorneys exactly what document the surrogate court asked to be filed regarding your mother being appointed administrator of the funds. The delay could be in the court processing of the documents themselves. I hope this helped.