Joint Tax Return
1) an investigation and/or a hearing held by the coroner (a county official) when there is a violent death either by accident or homicide, the cause of death is not immediately clear, there are mysterious circumstances surrounding the death, or the deceased was a prisoner. usually an autopsy by a qualified medical examiner from the coroner’s office is a key part of the inquest. in rare cases a jury may be used to determine the cause of death. 2) a term used in new york for a hearing on the validity of a will by a surrogate judge.