By: Katherine On: December 6, 2016 In: Uncategorized Comments: 133
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Many people put off creating a will for years, but what happens if you die without one?

Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, you should consider creating a will or trust. When a person dies without a will, an already difficult situation can become a complicated legal mess for the person’s loved ones.

When the State is Involved

When a person dies without a will, it is said that the person died “intestate.” Each state has intestacy laws in place which determine who is entitled to the deceased’s property and assets.

While intestacy laws vary slightly from state to state, they generally follow the same path, especially for smaller estates. If someone dies without a will but owns no property and has assets of less than $100,000, no formal court proceeding is required. Family members can file a Declaration of Small Estate through a bank, or even the DMV, and are then allowed to collect and split the deceased’s assets.

If property is involved, however, collecting the estate becomes more complicated.

When Property & Relationships Are Involved

When a person dies without a will and owns property, the process varies considerably based on the deceased’s relationship status.

If the person who dies without a will is single with or without children, the process is generally easier than if the deceased is married or has a domestic partner.

What If the Person Who Dies Without a Will is Single?

If a person who is not married dies without a will, the person’s estate goes to his or her child or is split evenly between multiple children.

If the person who dies without a will has no children, then the estate goes to his or her parents. If the parents are deceased, the estate is split among siblings.

What If the Person Who Dies Without a Will is Married?

State laws vary far more widely if a person dies without a will and leaves behind a spouse or domestic partner, children, and other relatives.

If there are children in the relationship, they may inherit up to two-thirds of the estate while the spouse receives the remainder.

If there are no children in the relationship, the surviving spouse may inherit the entire estate — or, depending on the state, as little as one-third of the property and assets, with the rest going to the parents and siblings of the deceased.

Intestacy Laws Around the World

In ancient times, if a person died and left no clear heirs, kings or other rulers would claim the deceased’s estate as their own.

In some ways, that rule is still in effect — if the deceased has no living relatives, his or her property and assets get turned over to the state.

Many countries around the world have intestacy laws similar to those of the United States, including Canada, England, Wales, and Ireland. Other countries do not have explicit intestacy laws, but many family members of people who die without wills can successfully claim ownership of their deceased relatives’ estates.

Note: This page is for general informational purposes only. LLS cannot give personal legal advice to any individual. Please contact an attorney with any questions.

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    • barbara bibeau
    • May 16, 2017
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    My husband and I have grown children from previous marriages. We own our home jointly as well as vehicles. No other assets. do we need a will?

      • Brian Spitz
      • May 22, 2017
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      Hello Barbara,
      Yes, it’s always important to have a will, and your case is no exception. Just think of it this way: if both of you were to pass away, what would happen to the home? Would your children be able to simply divide up amongst themselves fairly? It only takes one to put their feet in the sand and gum up the works for everyone. And besides, you don’t want to put them in that position in the first place, as having to decide how to divide up a loved one’s assets is just an ugly and sad thing to have to do. So I would definitely suggest that you and your husband work on getting your will in order. Read more here:
      Hope this helped!
      — Brian Spitz, President of Big State Home Buyers

        • stacee
        • February 15, 2018
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        hello I have a question for you. my mother had signed over money and a house before she died of cancer to her mother who is my grandmother. my grandmother bought 20 acres of land with the money my mother had left my grandmother to raise my sister and i.when my mother dies she left a will stating that everything is to be given to us girls if my grandmother dies. my grandmother died in 2016 and now there is a probate case open now and there is involved my cousins and my aunt. my question is here is shouldn’t my sister and I get what my grandmother left which is two properties? I’m in a hole and don’t know what to do and cant find answers I need and my lawyer isn’t cooaperating with me. please help me.

      • Jing
      • May 18, 2019
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      pls i want to ask questions my grand parents and are brought a lot and house and my grand father was died, they want to planned to sell the lot that they brought so after then they have 4 siblings and my father is the 2nd to the eldest barely i ask about? my father passed away in recently? so we us a legitimate children of my Father can we claim the share even if it is inherit or not? we us children have an obligation to fight for justice and is there any possible my mother can able to get the share? i want to get the share of my dad and can I get it?even he was died ask his son and i am legal age

        • Brenda eldridge
        • November 03, 2019
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        Out My sister passed away she had no spouse or children just myself and two brothers and nieces and nephews so who will get the estate

    • Nicky
    • May 24, 2017
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    My dad has passed away November just gone, he was single, left no will. Does his sister have any rights? She said she would let me the eldest son know about things when they unfreeze his bank accounts etc. She has just avoided anything that iv asked her since . can you give me any advice on this as i strongly believe that she’s spent his money, my dad also had shares of the 3 bedroom house left by his parents. I’m just left with nothing and it was me who found my dad, and also done most of the looking after him until he lost his life to throat cancer, in his rented property next door to the property which was left between my dad and his 2 sisters i believe. Can you give me any advice about this please?

      • Shannon
      • August 30, 2017
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      Hi Nicky call an attorney

        • erma watts
        • June 20, 2018
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        Hello!!!Sir my husband died 2013 he has no children only wife no will what can i do?can i get a legal will?please i need your help.thank you.

      • Tamara
      • September 14, 2017
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      You being his child you are the one that is untitled to your dad’s belongings. The children are always the heirs. Before anyone

        • Kay
        • October 19, 2017
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        My mom passed away in November of 1997. My stepdad passsed away in July of 2006. Long and short of this…..Today my stepdads neice calls me stating that she has been contacted regarding a life insurance policy for my mother. She stated that they contacted her and that she wanted to give me the ladies name and number for the insurance company. I asked the neice to send me a picture of the letter. The letter starts out stating that they are in receipt of a life insurance policy for my mother. I call and the adjuster informs me that the money was left to my stepdad but never claimed. Please keep in mind my mom is passed nearly 20 years ago and my stepdad 11 years. He has no children and owned nothing. The insurance adjuster asks me to send her my moms death certificate so I do along with copies of paper for other insurance policies that were split evenly between my stepdad and both my sister and my self nearly 20 years ago. Is his family supposed to get this money????

          • Kim
          • January 22, 2020
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          what happened with this situation? I am very curious!

            • Jasmine Simmons
            • January 26, 2020

            Hello my mom’s neighbor died in his apartment next to her and no one has come to pick up 2 cars that he had left the family came by but didnt remove the belongings as they were not really aware of who he was no one was really checking on him to make sure he was okay before he passed is there anyway that my mom can claim the 2 vehicles???

        • Geneva
        • January 19, 2019
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        Whom do I get ahold of for my deceased husband’s assets we were not living with each other but legally married for more then twenty years he live in california and has sixty five thousand unclaimed assets and two sons ones older and and from first marriage and my son Steven we were taking turned eighteen from second marriage

          • Geneva
          • January 19, 2019
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          He came back to n.m. to try and work out relationship and he passed away and older brother has not let touch nothing that belonged to his brother Steven cause he lived with him .I’m representative of his estate and his other son went got all of his dad’s stuff and trashed it so went to get his belongings and bog brother got rid of all there belongings with out my permission what can I do

    • Joann Reaves
    • May 26, 2017
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    Hello my daugther passed away in Janurary , she has four children but she had no will. What are there rights? The kids signed a waver for there grandmother to be over there monies ,but she were told that she could not be over the monies, because her credit wasn’t good enough. So the kids has lost the home , and are homeless , car is on the next step to being repossessed . So what can they do? Ps [kids are living with family]

    • mick
    • June 01, 2017
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    mom passed no will, a trust was drawn In 1 siblings name.. my brothers wife who is trustee of moms estate put him as sole owner of property..what rights do 3 other siblings have?

      • Scott
      • January 03, 2018
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      My girlfriend is going through a similar issue. Her mother passed away with no legally binding will. The paper she has is hand written by her mother. Her mother wanted her two daughters to split everything evenly. My girlfriends sister however took everything and moved away. Has only spoken to us once. When asked she says there was no will and my girlfriend will not receive a dime.

      • Penny vaughn
      • November 05, 2019
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      Going three same thing any help with answering please help

    • sarah greenwald
    • June 12, 2017
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    my brother passed away.And was living with his fiancea. But there was no will does she have to return all of things to my father.Or does she get to keep all of his belongings. She is not releasing anything to us. Does she have a right to keep it.

    • Michele Montague
    • June 15, 2017
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    My mother was with a man after being married unhappily to my father for 30 years she met and stayed with this second man, (who I will refer as her second (common law husband) as she was devoted to him faithfully until her dearth after 18 years. They had always lived in Southern California together, happily. that he has now passed away, without any family would my sister and myself be entitled to at JORITY least a portion of his estate being that when they were first together, my mother took care of him when he was utterly destitute with my father’s money: something that my sister and me where fine with, as long as they were happy together…what did it matter. But we feel that rather then the majority of his holdings just go to the US Treasury, unanimously, since he was part of our family we can do something useful and improve the quality of our lives. Any thoughts?

    • Vico
    • June 15, 2017
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    My mom passed away and she never did a wll i have been paying the mortgage for a year and i live in the house but i have a brother that wants to come and get half of the house when he hasn’t paid a penney in the house what can i do to protect myself and put the house under my name

      • July 15, 2018
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      No will done then it goes to her children who are yourself and your brother so yes he has the right to claim half of the home unless you buy him out, I; am in the same situation only my brother owns half of the home and my mothers half goes to myself and my other brother. My brother that owns half wants all of it and he can only do that by buying me and my other brother out.

    • diana cato
    • June 17, 2017
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    I live in statesville,nc…his daughter has been here twice to get his belongings..she has got his debit card from me and emptied his bank accou nt out..now she wants to come back for a third time and get more personal belongings..how many times do i havee to let here in and what papers could she of filled to make me let her back in again??

    • debbie nawrocki
    • June 19, 2017
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    my fiancé of 22 yrs recently passed away with no will. all the property we owned truck car mototcycle and house are all in my name. his name is on nothing we never spoke about who would get what as all was in my name now his son said he is going to take me to court to get his dads motorcycle I said regardless of hear say that bike is in my name and you are not getting it. is there a way he can come after me for my stuff

      • donna
      • August 31, 2017
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      my fiancée of 33 years is terminal. my name is on everything am I safe from the state of florida

    • Elizabeth Ragona
    • June 24, 2017
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    My mother Marge and her partner Shirley were together 30 years. They were legally married in August 2015. In December 2016, my mother’s partner died from her battle with cancer but didn’t leave passwords or information about several bank and stock accounts that she owned. My mother is having problems accessing these bank and stock accounts and needs them to help pay the expenses for the house they shared. She just keeps saying that because Shirley was the “sole owner”, she can’t access them. Doesn’t being married give her rights to Shirley’s property when Shirley had no other heirs or children?

    • Kelsey
    • June 24, 2017
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    My relative just passed away. She is a widow with one child. She owned a titled MH in her name only that is trashed. She left numerous unpaid bills. No will can be found. Her only child wants nothing to do with MH as they live out of State and with no money they can’t afford to be away from work to clean it out. It would take a lot of money and time. Can he be help liable if no will can be produced?

    • Lisa
    • June 28, 2017
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    Ok my dad passed away in January with no will. Three years ago his wife got up and left him brought a house in another state. She did not pay any of his bills now the collectors are calling us. My dads name along with my and my siblings name are on the deed does his wife that left him three years ago have any right to my grandparents house this is killing my family. If so how can this happen. My dad never files for divorce or separation. But all in all my grandparents build this house and now she is fighting for this house. Please help us. We do have a lawyer she said she can get up to fifty thousand then half of everything that’s left is this true if so this is not fair in any way can we take her to court and win or is their no way in hell that we can win this case. It’s not about us getting anything she already go my dads stuff we just want our granparents house to stay in our family.

    • allan
    • July 27, 2017
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    my uncle died months ago but since hes living abroad>usa and were living in the philippines we dont have the means to check if our other relatives are processing stuff accurately.

    i just want to know if its really possible that a bank such as bank of america will just give partial amount for all the expenses of my uncles burial? do banks really access deceased account to provide partial amount?without the bank releasing the whole account?>

    • Mavet
    • July 29, 2017
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    My dad died in 2017. He did not leave a will. He had a wife which is my stepmother. I think she is on the title of the house. I have 3 siblings from my dads first marriage with mom. My mom passed away in 1988. I also have 4 half siblings through my dads 2nd marriage.

    what is my right as my dads first daughter?

    • milton
    • August 03, 2017
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    Milton shabalala
    HI my name is Milton shabalala, i am living with my mom my dad died long ago(2001).My dad had other children with another Wife but they broke up…after that my dad met my mom and we were born.So now my dads first born came in and took everthing that was left by my dad back then.So my question was he suppose to do what he did ?

    • Stacey Miller
    • August 08, 2017
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    Hello, I am from Texas and recently my father had passed. He didn’t have a will what so ever and is needing advice onto getting his belongings.. Me, my brother and sister have been trying our butts off to figure things out on going about doing this because the woman my father was with is giving us a hard time getting our fathers things. They were not married at all. She refuses to give us anything and says our fathers things are hers now and its not right nor its not her things what so ever. She has caused us nothing but being truly upset, cussing at us for no reason. When our father passed she completely left everything for us to figure what to do with us burying our father and not helping. I don’t understand why someone or how someone can truly be so freaking mean and heartless. Please if anyone can help me know on what us kids can do. We are all adults here like I have told this lady but she refuses to even speak to us anymore..

    • dale riddle
    • August 08, 2017
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    My dad passed away in 2015 .him had a will but it was to his wife which is my stepmother. But she died in 2014 . He has not changed his will . I am the only blood related son , he has an adopted son I know its is suppose to be a 50 /50 split but on some stuff like his silver star and purple heart and other medals from Vietnam does the older blood relative not get thwm

    • Stumpy
    • August 11, 2017
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    My ex brother in law is very ill and is not expected to live,, he has never married and no children and no living family and no will or any other directives. If he would die what would happen to his estate? He doesn’t own any property and doesn’t have very much personal belongings or money except for a motorcycle. He does have a girlfriend that he has never lived with and he is living in a house that I own rent free because he doesn’t have any money.

    • Ka
    • August 19, 2017
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    Hi All,

    I have a similar but complex situation with regards to “Wills”. The complexity is within two families, involving complete isolation & seperation.

    My situation is as such – my older brother was married to someone with 2 kids (my nephew & niece) and is now deceased in Colorado, USA. Since they were married, there was a complete ISOLATION and barrier formed between the TWO families. As a result, my own parents were not able to communicate and have a happy/wonderful life of their remaining (now retired) years with their own grandchildren. After the death of my brother, we lost everything! Especially, my brother’s two little kids (my parents’ grandchildren).

    I believe, after a little bit of reading, however I could be wrong – do we (including, my parents) have some “Legal Rights” or can we have any types of legal proceedings with regards to – my brother’s property & assets, Will (the daughter-in-law refused to share this Will in the first place), grandparents requesting grandchildren access/visitation(s), etc.

    At first, I was not inclined to post here, but I am very much worried for my parents’ existence and the remaining years of loneliness & depression, however it absolutely makes it worse when knowing, we lost everything!

    Is there anyway we can fight against this matter?

    For further details only – I am the youngest sibling residing in Australia and my parents are in the US.

    • David Schuttler / Julie A White
    • August 23, 2017
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    Im not sure what to do…I have one parent(mother) in assisted living due to a stroke and spouse(father) has passed away with no will. There are only us two siblings(son & daughter) My sister is POA of my mother, so this is where Im trying to figure stuff out. Am I entitled to any of the personal belongings of my father at this point. My sister is being shady and will not speak with me regarding personal items within the house. The house will be sold to pay for care for mother, but again personal items involved. Do I David (brother/son)have rights to personal possessions of my parents?

      • Penny vaughn
      • November 05, 2019
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      Please let me no if you get answers same going on here need answers can’t afford a lawyer. Penn19v At gmail.com

    • Renw
    • August 23, 2017
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    My mom is in a adult care home and has dementia, her doctor has hospice involved and it’s looking like my mom may have little time left. I live in Washington and she is in Oregon. Before my mom went into the care home she lost or had stolen her purse with her Oregon I’d and social security card in it. We never found it and right after that happened I had received notice from her case manager (senior services) that they had a spot in and adult care home so we never got the id’s replaced. She still had her bank debit card and the owner of the home can withdrawal the part of the rent that the state doesn’t cover. Mom has nobody on the account so this has been the only way to pay her bill. All has worked out fine and I’m able to go online to her bank account and make sure nothing is amiss as well as transfer any money not needed for her rent into her savings account. She now has under 2000.00 built up in savings. She doesn’t want a funeral as her and my dad donated their bodies to science care. My dad passed in 2008. The hospice nurse is telling me it would be a good time to come visit her as they do not know how much time is left. I’m on disability and ssi and can not afford to make the trip as well as stay for 5 or so days in a motel. Hospice has been checking to see what resources they can come up with as well. So my question is 1. Can money in her savings be used to pay for my motel bill with me keeping receipts? 2. If she passes will the money in her savings go to me? She has no bills or debts.

    • Randel
    • August 24, 2017
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    What happen when my dad pass away and im living in the house can my brother make me move? My name is not on the property.

    • Shawana Adams
    • September 04, 2017
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    My stepdaughter passed away at 26 children father deceased as well who has rights to the children shr has no will as we cant find as of now and can the great grandmother take them out of state legally

    • ntokozo
    • September 05, 2017
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    hi my grand mother passed on last year not leaving a will so her house was inherited by my father who then passed on last month so I don’t know how to gain ownership of the house because I am the only child and so was my dad I need help finding where he may have stated that iam the beneficiary to the house because we don’t use the same surname

    • Coral Covington
    • September 07, 2017
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    My father just passed, he had been living with me since September of 2016. He moved to Washington from Idaho. He has a bank account with less than $12,000 and land on the Couer D’ Alene Reservation in Worley, ID and land on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, WA. He left no will. I am the oldest daughter of 3 and my father was still married to my mother. They have been split for 45 years. Does my mom get all his assets? I know my father would never want for my mother to get anything of his, nor does my mother want anything. What do I need to do to see about getting his land split between my sisters and I, as well as the money he has in a bank account. I already froze his account so no one could touch it.

    • Brian
    • September 19, 2017
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    One of my parents died and the next month the other died. My brothers and sisters took everything but I didn’t get anything at all. I am homeless and living in a tent but they won’t even talk to me. I know that I should have got SOMETHING but I didn’t. What should I do? There was no will or anything, my siblings just don’t like me.

    • Diefani
    • September 26, 2017
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    Hi, my mother passd away two weeks ago and I’m he ronly child, she was divorced. I’m overseas working and will be able to make it back to the USA on january, what happens to my mother’s bank account and car title? I mean, how long do I have to do something before the state takes it? She has a twin brother in whom I trust, Can I give him power of attorney (documents notirized in US Embassy) so he can withdraw the money and close the accounts as well as selling my mother’s car? She was young, which menas she wasn’t retired, what happens to her social security retirement fund? So many questions, I’m completely lost.

    • Regena
    • October 03, 2017
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    My sister just passed away and didn’t have a living will. She has four children. She has a home that is financed through a mortgage company but none of her children are able to take on the payments. If my parents which is the deceased parents if they were to just pay off the mortgage what will happen then? Would the house go to my parents legally or would the kids still be in charge?

    • Mary R.
    • October 16, 2017
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    My Father died April 27, 2015. My sister and I were 32 & 31 when he died. He was married August 2010 (married less than 5 years when he died.) He split insurance between his current wife, me and my sister. He did not leave a will for his belongings. Is there any way my sister and I can legally get what we want from her? She is not being cooperative and the few items we want are of no use or value to her.

    • anyta Martinez
    • October 23, 2017
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    Hi my moms boyfriend passed away almost 2 months ago from throat cancer and other heath issues and didn’t have time to include my mom is his savings account for the reason that he would always be at the hospital or doctors appointments he had 2 children from his first marriage but the children never came around to visit him or talk to him and so he spent almost 32 years single and then one day he meet my mom they got to know each other then decided to move in together and my mom was the only person who was always there watching him day and night until his last breath and now that he passed away his daughter decided to come in the picture disrespect my mother saying she was a nobody and went to the bank to freeze her dads savings account and take the money saying her dad left her the money wen all that isn’t true now my mothers boyfriend didn’t leave a will or nobody in the bank account like I said because of him always being sick but he did heave a letter notarized saying he left all his money in his savings account to my mom because that was all he had time to do and also my mom and him had 5yeras together but not married I want to know if my mom has any rights to fight for that money

    • C Sed
    • October 26, 2017
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    My dad and I weren’t very close, and he died with no will in Oklahoma. I lived in Iowa at the time. His brothers in Oklahoma, knew he died and didn’t tell me for days after my dad died. In those few days, they cleaned out his entire house of everything of value, and there wasn’t anything I could do. Here I was trying to grapple with the news my dad had died days before I was even told, just so his brothers could steal everything in the house.

    • nedra.williams@us.af.mil
    • October 26, 2017
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    My mother past away back in 1985 and left a 3 bedroom townhouse with me. I have lived and paid every payment for this property before and after my mom died. A year ago, I paid off the property and have lived here for the past 25 years. Now that the property is paid in full my siblings tell me that the property belong to all of us even though I’m the one who made all the payments and paid all yearly taxes. What rights to I have to this property or none at all. What should I do now that the family want rights. None of us took time to change the house into our names. Are they right, I just lost all my money paying for this property to share it with them.

      • mokgadi
      • September 26, 2019
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      hi my father passed away in 2006 he and my mother were not married,before he passes on my mother was demanding maintenance..and then my father got sick and die while the court was processing maintenance,,so my mother got sick also and die..and we didn’t get anything,,,2 years later my father’s family go to the company where my father was working,, their main aim was to claim my father’s money then the company refused pay the claim because the money was under our names…so my father’s parents came back to us and said go to claim your money where your father was working, we where young that time but we went to our father’s company to get the claims done,,firstly they said there’s lot of money that my father left for us and we are very young because we where under age of 18..we would only get the money when we 18 and older,,suddenly they said my father left no money for us..i was 11 years when father passes on ‘am now 26 years we need help…

    • Ronald Rouse
    • November 01, 2017
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    My Mother has just passed away. In 2013 she added my name to the signature card attached to her checking and banking accounts. I learned today while at the bank closing them that she has several other accounts at the same bank. What steps need to be taken in order to access those accounts?

    • Randy
    • November 25, 2017
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    Hi a relative of mine did not leave a will nor did they appoint an executor how do I go about this on claiming there belongings?

    • Don Helmick
    • November 27, 2017
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    Long story short, My sister passed she has three children and a husband who is not the father of any of the children. He also walked out 20 years ago. Only reappeared when he heard she passed. What happens to the car and the few belongings she had. She had no will.

    • T
    • November 27, 2017
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    My boyfriend’s grandpa passed a couple of years ago, he had money and owned a couple houses. He had several children, my boyfriend’s dad being one of them. About a year later, my boyfriend’s dad also passed away. My boyfriend’s dad owns a house with his wife (my boyfriend’s mom) but I do not believe her name was on the house. The assets of the grandpa were still being distributed, as the 2 houses had to sell first, when the dad passed. I believe the dad did not have a will. So who is entitled to my boyfriend’s dad’s belongings and the remaining inheritance that he was entitled to when his dad passed before him? Currently my boyfriend’s mother (dad’s wife) is taking everything. When the houses of his grandpa sold (after his dad’s death), the portion that should have gone to his dad went to his mom instead – should it have gone to him and his siblings? What can he do if assets are not being divided up correctly? How can he find out what money and assets his dad had and left?

    • catherine
    • December 07, 2017
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    i am a single mother with 22 months baby my husband died more than a year ago and my mother in law call my that she received a letter that my husband has life insurance but she is the sole beneficiary because he got the insurance when he was still single do we have rights with the insurance that she will be getting? thanks

      • Lissa Nappier
      • December 31, 2017
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      My father passed away August 2017, while he did leave his house in a trust to my middle sister, he left no other will or instructions about anything else. My middle sister was also on the bank accounts as my mom had a stroke many years ago and passed away. My question is, just because she is on the bank accounts does that entitle her to what is in those accounts? there are 3 of us (sisters).

    • chris
    • December 21, 2017
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    My brother died in the military. I was still listed as his nok but he recently married a foreign national who is much younger than him so they transferred me to Snok. I was his guardian when he was under 18 due to our parents passing away. My brother leaves behind young children from a different marriage and his new wife will not talk to the family now that he has been buried. She is also not a us citizen and there is a language barrier. The military is now only passing info to the widow since the caco’s are done. There are so many things we need to talk about and the widow refuses to talk please help, no one will touch this case.

    • Anthony Guest
    • December 31, 2017
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    Hi im mike my father past on December 6 and i been trying 2 move in his house and my brother says i can’t me and my brother r the only 1s that can do anything my mother past a few years ago if i have the key can i move in my fathers house

    • Reg
    • January 10, 2018
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    my dad passed away Dec. 2016 without a will. My sister and I get along good and we have just sold his house. Do have to pay taxes on the money we inhearted from the sale of the house . This is in the state of va

    • Teresa Rainier
    • January 14, 2018
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    My mom passed in December living no will. My dad died in January leaving a will stating that everything goes to me as I am the only child in the marriage of my mom and dad. Did everything my mom had go directly to my dad after he death? My dad’s will said he inherited everything from her and I am to get everything. Is this correct?

    • Kim L Baker
    • January 15, 2018
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    My mom just passed, she was a single parent. I am the only child. She had a roomate for financial reasons, not romantically involved. They lived in an apartment complex, where they shared the bills in half. My mom was on SSI. The roomate said I could come pick up her things but then changed his mind and claimed to be involved with her. ABSOLUTE LIE!! Telling me he was intitled to her things and he would disburse. I the only child is the only one who was with her in the hospital for days. She died in my arms. The hospital appointed me her proxy due to the fact she addmitted she was a victim of elder abuse. I handled her creamation all by myself. .I had to go through all the proper and legal proceedings, I . handled everything peaceful. Even with filing Article 13 Fuduciary. This man still refused to let me, the apt management and the police in. I went and got an amandment this man finally let me in BUT not in far and tore up her bedroom and is moving, hiding and giving away her belonging. The police are present each time we go. They STILL let him tell me what I can take???? What can I do?? Someone PLEASE HELP ME!!!

      • Mario Salmeron
      • January 25, 2018
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      Sorry to hear about your mom passing away and that is a douche move of the roommate to do that and as the only child you are entitled to everything. Also good job with doing everything peacefully, hopefully this gets resolved soon.

      • Jesse Wayne
      • February 20, 2018
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      if they where married he gets a third if they ever]were not married yet you are next of kin get a lawyer ASAP

    • Andrea Carver
    • February 03, 2018
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    My sister died without a Will she had a live-in boyfriend for 18 years, but he never worked or held a job. The boyfriend expects that he gets to keep everything in the house, which was fully furnished when in moved in. My father inherits the property and it’s contents but the boyfriend has gone to court and gotten an order from the Judge with the Respondents being myself and my son, not my father. Doesn’t he have to contest against my father?

    • Chris
    • February 04, 2018
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    My brother diec in Dec. And he wasnt married and didnt have any kids. And his parents are died. He has three brothers and lives in florida and he does not own and homes. Would the declaration of small estates apply to me for this. I also luvr in florida

    • Liz
    • February 06, 2018
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    My brother died suddenly with no will –never married –no children – Our parents are deceased.
    Remaining siblings are myself and 2 sisters and one deceased sister with a living daughter. He lived in Indiana.
    How is the estate divided ? Are any nieces or nephews beneficiaries?. Estate worth less than 50K

    Thank you


    • Elizabeth
    • February 10, 2018
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    My father passed away in 2014. He was with someone for 20yrs. My sister and I were told that they got married when they moved to Florida. When he got sick, I called the town hall and there are no records of them being married. After he died, his significant other sold a property. She has 2 sons and I know she has helped them financially. She has lied to me many times in the past and I can’t let things go. I feel my sister and I were entitled to things and she is going to screw us. If they weren’t married and according to her my dad never had a will, as my dad’s next of kin, do my sister and I have some legal rights?

    • Gus
    • February 15, 2018
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    My mother pass away in accident and my mother and stepdad bought a house and now he is raising my rent 1,100.00 to 1,300 she didn’t leave a will either what can I do in this situation?

    • Hayk Saakian
    • February 17, 2018
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    “In some ways, that rule is still in effect — if the deceased has no living relatives, his or her property and assets get turned over to the state.” – Why does the state get everything? It should go back to the people, the government already charges us a shit ton for taxes….

    • Deborah Falcone
    • February 27, 2018
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    My elderly mom has no will, and no property since she’s been in assisted living for almost 10 years. What money she has is in an investment account with me being the joint owner. Will that account be mine when she passes away? And the same with her checking account? My name is on that account as well.

    • Benny
    • February 28, 2018
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    My brother passed away suddenly, expected. Oldest with all info and understanding about family property estate. He was married with no children. The family have tried to communicate with his living wife with no success. We are seeking someone to give counsel to his brothers and sisters who lived and cultivated the property for eighteen and more years.

    • Theresa Moseley
    • March 02, 2018
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    My 24 year son died recently in a single car accident. The car was owned and insured by his father (we are divorced). His insurance had an accidental death indemnity clause covering any driver. I paid in full for the funeral and dad filed the insurance claim. He agreed to repay me in full thru this pay out. Now insurance wants me to write and sign something in regards to dad having all power in the matter. What do I write? Sample ideas? PLEASE HELP ASAP!

    • Amber
    • March 14, 2018
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    My husband is looming to buying his grandpas land. His dad and his 3 uncles are on the deed for which his grandpa left to them. His grandpa has passed away and so have two of his uncles. His uncle that has been taken care of the property wants to sell it and is willing t swell to us and his dad his willing to sign. My question is, his two uncles that have passed each have one daughter but are not on any papers for the land. Can they come later down the line saying they want it and take it away? What is the next step?

    • Maryellen Davis
    • April 13, 2018
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    Maryellen …my 32yr old son died quickly on March 18, 2018. He was employed but had no will. He was single and evidently his belongings are left to me, his Mother. How do I file his taxes?

    • Bhavana
    • April 15, 2018
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    Hi…recently my grand father and grandmother died his son left them alone for 10 years and knowing they are dead came to won the property my mom who is their daughter has looked after them can my mom get equal share in the property

    • Nadia
    • April 30, 2018
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    My boyfriend’s father had passed about a month ago and he didn’t leave a will. My boyfriend being the second oldest and his workaholic father worked long and hard to run a fuel company and other businesses to support his siblings school tuition and other needs. Whenever his late father was ill my boyfriend was his sole caregiver while the rest of his siblings were away at school in the states. He was always put in charge of every and all of his father’s businesses when he was away for medical purposes as well as business trips. My boyfriend is very kind and humble but, now that his father has passed on his sister before him (the eldest) has forbidden him from every and all that is supposed to be divided equally amongst the 5 of them. My boyfriend’s pure hearted characteristics have blinded him to hand over every and all of what his father had bought him. Shouldn’t he rightfully own something or at least stay in his family house or even a right to own/use the car?

    • cipriano
    • May 01, 2018
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    My wife passed away with no will. I understand the her only son is is entitled to 1/2 of the house. My question is how much is he entitled since we still owed quite a bit on the house. Does he inherit 1/2 of the moravage owed on it?

    • Carlos J. Vera
    • May 19, 2018
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    Hello I have a question for you, My father was divorced and died without a Will, He put my siblings and I as beneficiaries on his bank accounts, so we had no problem closing the accounts and retrieving the money. The problem we are facing now is with his property and car. We can’t sale them because both are not in our names. What can my siblings and I do to take possession of the property and car and sale them? By the way this is in VA.

    • Bryan
    • May 26, 2018
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    Question: Uncle left first wife over 25 years ago but never legally divorced. He has lived with his current mate in the same home for over 20 years. The home was purchased by his common law wife and the home is titled in her name. Two autos one in his and one in her name. The man passes away without a will or will cannot be found and feared that a family member removed will from home and took other paperwork from the home after his death. The common law wife has multiple medical issues, is currently being examined for mental stability or POA will be issues to CLW sister or son of CLW. Property of man was taken by neighbors while man was in Hospice care in some kind of understanding and more items were taken before sister could get in town to care for CLW. The first wife has two daughter from this man. Who has authority over remaining assets he owns such as a car or other possessions? IF 100,000, is probate still required?

    • Lesley
    • June 11, 2018
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    Uncle died no Will he is serviced by his sister only no children where does she stand

    • Emily
    • June 18, 2018
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    What about the case where there are 5 children, the middle child is my husband. We take care of the two younger children both under 18 but not as legal guardians. We have also been paying the mortgage for a few years. My mother in law died with no will. My husband’s older sister hasn’t lived here for 23 years of the 25 years this house has been around. The second oldest has been estranged for 7 years and never paid anything. What are the rights we have to this house we’ve been paying bills on for years? We are in California.

    • Ann
    • June 21, 2018
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    A woman took care of my father-in-law, he didn’t have a house or car but money in the bank, she had power of attorney, none of his children receiver a penny, don’t think there was a will.

    • Young
    • June 23, 2018
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    That’s an awesome post! Thanks for sharing

    • ohayou
    • July 06, 2018
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    I sent my mother money to buy a house and she put the house under her name. She passed away last year and left no will. I have 7 siblings and now they are all after the money that they can get from “my” house that I paid for. What do I do?

    • Tashianna Bostick
    • July 20, 2018
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    I am from Illinois. My grandmother passed away in 1986. leaving behind 4 children. Her estranged husband passed away in 1978. When she died, she left behind a house she purchased in 1972. As early as 1976 my aunt, her oldest and first daughter, had assumed responsibility for the mortgage, and had singularly paid it off by 2000. She paid the taxes and all, however, my grandmother was unable to transfer the deed under her name due to her health so even today the house is still under my grandmother’s name. My father and a different aunt have since passed on leaving my aunt who is divorced and who assumed all responsibility of the home and her brother(my uncle) who has contributed little to nothing to the home, however my aunt has cared for him, and allowed him to stay out of familial obligation, but due to the crippling responsibility wants to sell the house and move into a senior living facility due to her deteriorating health. Can she legally sell the house without his permission.

    • Andrew Tanuvasa
    • August 28, 2018
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    My wife’s uncle passed away without a will, He owned a home and has no kids. He had 7 siblings and all has passed away except 1 brother.

    Do you know if his living brother would be the one who solely inherits the house or will he have to split the shares with the surviving children of the brothers 6 decseased siblings?

    • Nicole
    • August 30, 2018
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    My mother’s husband died and left no will. She is trying to get his savings account closed out, but his estranged 35 year old son believes he is entitled to half. In the state of Florida, is he entitled if there is no will?

    • cm
    • September 05, 2018
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    My father passed and his live in girlfriend for 10 yrs. is still in his home. He has a total of 7 kids (1 being with that girlfriend) he never had her on any bills or on his taxes. He has a total of 7 children and no will. We buried him at the veterens memorial with a fundraiser. The Veterens cemetery list him as ..divorced. No will again. so who gets the house? Who pays for the legal fees if the house has to be divided and if she wont leave the home.

      • cm
      • September 05, 2018
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      The mortage is still being paid I am not sure by who if its the girlfriend or another child.

    • victor j flores
    • September 10, 2018
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    my ex wife left the entire 100% to my brother in law now he pass away who is entitled to everything

    • Dana sparks
    • September 15, 2018
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    Dad Died in 2017 and we are the only surviving children – my brothers and I – my dad has property (tractors, trailers, dump trucks) which is on my grandma’s (his mom) land and she will not give anything to us. What should we do? No Will? other things my dad owned is on his brothers land and the same thing there – so my brothers and I have nothing of our dad’s…….please advise!

    • Rolando Rhonn
    • September 20, 2018
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    I Rolando
    Dad passed away 2 years ago, and Mom just 3 months ago!
    No will was made! They have 2 properties, vehicles, and other assets!
    One siblings said that Dad mentioned that my baby brother would get everything!
    (Hmm) I don’t think so!
    Our parents had 8 children! And my older sister’s son, whom they raised but never adopted! I view him as my nephew, some siblings see him as brother! Why I’m writing this is simply because some siblings state that verbally dad said he was also to receive all properties!
    They lived in Illinois, Cook County
    Second property is in South Texas Cameron County
    Any thought would be appreciated
    Rolando (Rhonn)

    • Kay Kaye
    • September 20, 2018
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    My sister recently died. She had rented a storage shed in which to store her former home’s furnishings after she lost the house in foreclosure eight mos before she died. She also owned an older car. She’s been divorced for 25 years and has been totally estranged from her two children for thirty years. She has little money in the bank (less than $3k) and her only income was social security, which stopped upon death. Who is the beneficiary of her belongings? If the kids get the furnishings, car and remaining bank balance, who pays her considerable outstanding medical, credit card and other debts?

    • Jamie
    • September 20, 2018
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    I have a question my sister in law passed away she had no power of attorney no will she only has me and her brother as blood relative does he have all rights to her belongings

    • Michelle E Pallino
    • September 22, 2018
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    my fiance passed at the age of 31 about 3 months ago. him and i have lived together for 3 years at my moms house and we have a 14 month old child together. does his mother and sister have any rights to the child? he also has belongings in our room such as signed autographs, clothes, trophys, ect.. since our son would be next on the kin, would that all go to him or them? also since the child lives with me the same way my fiance did, now that he is gone i obvioulsy have full custody over him. do i have saying in who gets visitation with him as far as my would be sister in law who is a drug addict, father in law and mother in law?

    • Dennis Leviticus
    • October 08, 2018
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    I just heard from a friend that she just found out her unmarried father died, She is the only child.
    Even with a will, could she still contest, being the only DIRECT blood heir?
    If estate was divvied up without her knowledge, (don’t know if there even is an estate of value)
    Could she sue to get her rightfully hers inheritance?
    I don’t know if he was an divorced father, single father etc, but according to her brief statement, he was not married and she was the only child.

    • Tabitha
    • October 09, 2018
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    my father passed away 6 months ago they had some land we all live on my and two of my siblings well my mom went and added me and two of my siblings to the deed so we own 1/4 of the land my moms 1/4 if she dies and she remarries who gets her 1/4 part i was told by the people who fixed the deed if we died our spouse and children get our 1/4 part of the land so if my mom remarries does her new husband get her part

    • Victoria Gensaw
    • October 22, 2018
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    my sister and her husband are selling my mothers estate,there was no will and is fee land.is it legal for her attorney to send only me paper work that was not stamped by the courts when there was 7 of us total. Two are deceased.She sent my remaining brothers paper work to adresses that she knew they were not living.

    • Mariela Santoyo
    • October 23, 2018
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    Hi there, my father passed away August 16, 2018. Throughout his life he would pay taxes using his ITIN number for four years he received his social worked it for four years. I am the oldest out of four children currently looking for help for younger siblings. My dad did not leave a will. He committed suicide. My dad has everything under his name. Do we have to take our case to a court? Also, my dad didn’t have credit cards, always made sure his payments where completed. My mom is in the process of fixing papers. So my family agreed to put me in charge of household at the age of 20. I’m stressing so much.

    • December 07, 2018
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    hello. My brother passed on 07/21/2017. He married right before he got sick. He still until this day does not have a headstone. The wife will not respond to any questions about it but the cemetery is telling us that she has to make that call because by law she is next of kin. What can my family do to get our loved one a headstone when the wife wont cooperate?

    • Jason A Martin
    • December 20, 2018
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    My Uncle died November 12th- we were not notified of his death until November 16th. On November 21st, we notified his landlord of my uncle’s death, and we wanted to move in and take over his lease. The landlord would not agree. He now posted on our front door that my mom and I must be out by december 31st at 5pm, , We’ve been looking at available rental properties, however with the holidays and short notice, there’s no way we will be out before february 1st. I see that Wisconsin law states my uncle’s lease is not terminated until 60 days after we notify his landlord of his death, which we notified them of his death on November 21st. So 60 days from November 21st would be january 21st. So it seem they cannot get us removed from my uncle’s rental until after january 21st. Is this a correct statement?

    • Sherry Burnett
    • December 28, 2018
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    My mom died without a written will.She wanted me to have her home.How do I put the home in my name?I’m the only child and my Dad past away year’s ago.

    • Janice
    • January 03, 2019
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    My dad died December 31,2018 ,and I’m his only child. Unfortunately his wife had him cremated the next day without informing me of his death. She also took all his personal belongings and locked up his house so I wouldn’t be able to stay in the house for the memorial. Does she have the right to do that to me?

    • Susan
    • January 19, 2019
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    Hello – my mother passed away without a will. She has owned a house with her sister since the early 80’s she was taken off of the title when they refinanced a few years ago because of a defaulted student loan she cosigned on. My loan… however they never spoke to me about any of this and I don’t quite understand why they would do something like this unless my aunt talked her into this somehow. I am in the process of acquiring all of the title documents other than that I have no idea how to proceed. I am currently signing legal documents stating her estate is under 150,000$ I am unclear if this included property or not –

    She lived-in California and I live in Portland Or.

    • Shawn
    • January 28, 2019
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    My husband’s mother passed away. The house and property she had first belonged to her mother. We are being told that his grandmother had something written up saying if anything happened to her the house and property were to go to my husband’s mother and that his mother had everything put into her name. How do we go about finding out if the house and property is truly in his mothers name or not?
    Also prior to her passing the city/state told her some things that had to be fixed in the house and on the property or they were going to condemn it and tear it down. Of course she passed away before having the chance to do any of it. Now everything is left up to my husband and he wants to fix the house up so we can live in it with our daughter. The city is basically telling him they have to be the ones to give him time and permission to do it and if not they will tear him t down and put a lean on it. Can they do this? What are his rights? Do they have to give him a chance to either fix it up or tear it down himself?
    This is in Texas

    • Sheikh Nadia
    • February 08, 2019
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    Wow, amazing post great idea about shares by you.

    • Mark Pears
    • February 13, 2019
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    My wife is truly upset Her uncle has taken her inheritance because he said he was her Half brother and he deserved it the only surviving daughter was told to go away and leave him alone.

    • daniel padilla
    • February 22, 2019
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    what if my boyfriend passed away we were together for almost 2 years and he didnt leave a will and had no kids, he didnt have a good relationship with his family, i was the only person he could count on, but we were just boyfriends and i live in San Francisco California, i have his car and i think there is some money someone could get back from the car, how could i or someone get that money if he never had had a will or anything?

    • Kristian
    • March 02, 2019
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    If my grandmas husband passed and they own property, that he took a bank loan out on with his son, does the property still belong to my grandma even though he didn’t have a will? They have 3 children over 35 years old. Will a lady bird deed help her leave it to someone else?

    • Julieayn M
    • March 04, 2019
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    I have a home /property question. My grandmother passed about 5 years ago and left her home to her children and they are not interested in buying or paying late property taxes but I being her grandaughter am, my family has agreed to signing a letter of change of ownership in which all her children have signed , but the toatl amout is over $6000.00 and I dont have the total amount and the home is “power to sell ” status and will be up for auction in just 5 days what can I do about this I really need help!

    • Vinni
    • March 08, 2019
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    My father & his wife have been estranged for several years & live in different states. He in California where they were married & she moved away. Apparantly they agreed to remain married so she could recieve SS benefits. Im aware that this isnt necessary because they were married for more than 10 yrs. When i asked about it my father told me that the arrangement was so she didnt take the house, which was my fathers prior to the marriage. He says that the marriage is so she gets his retirement n my sibling & i get the estate (house, cars, bank acct). Also, my dads wife never worked during the marriage. Ive also been told that my sibling & i couldnt receive his retirement because were adults. Now i was under the impression that was a decision for my father, right? He worked the same job since before i was born, his wife is his forth, they werent married until there 60s & although married for over 10 years shes been gone for about 3-4 of those. I feel that shes not really entitled to all of his retirement & have told my father that i want anything he may leave me put in trust for my niece. Im not sure but feel his wife has sort of conned him. Hopefully im wrong but can you tell me if my father is able to designate his adult children as beneficiaries whether hes married or not?
    Also, i know if they divorced shed be entitled to part of the house but considering it was his prior i believe her share is not 50%, correct?
    And then if he passed she could contest his will if he leaves my sibling & i the estate & have a good chance to void our inheritance because she is his closest relative right?
    I know this is alot of confusion already & when i talk to my other family they have said that my dad couldnt designate who he wanted for his retirement. Im very confused but they insist their right. If thats the law im fine with it, but if my dad is ill informed i want him to know. I guess i also would like to know if my dad is just keeping that from us.
    One last question please. Right now my dads will says his estate goes to my sibling for him to decide. I used to be pretty well off so i was ok with his decision. But in recent years ive had lots of medical bills, breakup, etc & my finances are in horrible shape. what happens when a will is contested? Currently my sibling is very critical of me & constantly tells me i wont get anything because of my mismanagement of finances. Its a mess, but i guess before i speak to my dad again id like to be informed.
    Thank you so much.

    • Debbie M
    • March 08, 2019
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    Hello, My father just passed away on March 1 2019. He did not have a will and there is only myself and my brother. I currently live in the home. Can I just make the mortgage payments as I plan on staying in the home. My brother and I are in agreement with everything. There is no disputes between us. I am wondering if I have to go to probate? lawyer? My father was widowed at the time of his passing.

    • Melissa L Hernandez
    • March 17, 2019
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    Hello, My name is Melissa and live in Tampa, Fl. I was married for 20 years and then got divorced. I always handled all the affairs and My ex-husband never believed in a Power of Attorney or a Will since we didn’t have much. He has passed away just recently and I have contacted everyone that I could to notify that he has passed. I was told that I would need his death certificate in order to be able to handle other situations, but that was not true due to us being divorced. The assests that he has is not much including his bank account. In the divorce papers I put that I would give him the house, but he had to refinace or if he couldn’t we would sell it or shortsell it. The title of this house is under both of our names, but the loan is only under my name. We never had children, We were in the middle of trying to refinance the house in only his name due to his wishes. He has a child from a previous relationship and she wants the house. She has no residents, no job or anything. How does that work out? Also, there are cars as well, but they do not run and basically junk. I have the titles of the cars,but am not sure if I can sell or junk them. The car that I gave him as a gift after the divorce was towed when he had a cardiac arrest and was pounded and they stated that due to the registration was only in his name and it didn’t matter that the insurance was in both our names that I couldn’t take it out the pound or his next if kin. I’m in a delema and not sure what to do.

    • mary
    • March 30, 2019
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    hello my brother passed away and did not leave will he is single and left me a share of a property but my sisterinlaw does not want to pay me my share wants it free and also threat not to close the joint account if i dont give house free

    • Lisa TK
    • April 19, 2019
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    My father passed away. He did not have a will He has 401K and savings, He remarried. My question is who inherit his estate and money. My brother and I are his son from the first wife. We live in Pennsylvania.

    • Marta
    • May 12, 2019
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    I live in Europe. My recently deceased father moved to California, USA, remarried a women who already had one child from previous relationship. My father had with her two children. It is very difficult to communicate with her. Looks that he had not left a will. I am not even sure that I exist in any place in USA as his child. They both had a house that is worth two million dollars. She keeps promising me that next year she will sell the house and give me some money. I don’t trust her. Maybe she is busy, but she stopped answering my calls. Please advise where I can find out if I exists in USA as his child? Is there any time limit to make register myself somewhere (otherwise i could loos right to any of his assets), and what should i do now. It needs to be noted that all the children, including me are adults. Unfortunately, my financial situation does not allow me to hire a lawyer. Please advise. Thank you very much.

    • Refilwe
    • May 31, 2019
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    Good day my sister passed away 4 years ago and we didn’t know that she was married after the funeral the husband took the child and he doesn’t want us to have a relationship with my sister’s child so want to know is can we take him to court so that the court can help us have access to the child

    • Elaine
    • June 11, 2019
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    My brother passed away March 6, 2019. My brother did not have a will. He has 2 children. They have not been in touch with each other for over 30 years. So when he passed away. His children would not come to the funeral or help with the funeral expenses. I had to pay for the funeral. He had a very small amount of money in the bank. I have taken 2 death certificates to the bank. The bank still will not let me get the money. What do I need to do.? It has been over 90 days. I could understand if this was a large amount of money. The amount in the account would not buy a blank for the funeral.

    • Jessica Shine
    • June 18, 2019
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    My father was married to his 1st wife, she died. Come to find out because of California state law my father was set to receive her retirement money. Sadly, after he signed the paperwork for the money, 6 weeks later he passed. I was wondering if his other 3 children is entitled to some of that money. Even though she was not are mother?

    • Ahmad Hammad
    • June 20, 2019
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    my friend’s father died and he owns a house and a car in Pennsylvania united states , he died in Saudi Arabia while with his 2nd wife they have together 5 children and he has an ex-wife with 7 children , unfortunately he has no will , how is this property distributed to his inheritors noting that the house is jointly own by him and his second wife.
    thanks for your help

    • Elisa Alcaraz
    • July 07, 2019
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    Question I’m 40 Mom passed away she was married to my dad which he up and left when I was a toddler remarried in Mexico. Now they live in Ca. They have houses and own lots of property here and in Tj. He never paid child support. My Mom divorced him when I was 17. I am his first born child. Being the fact he married her when he was still married to my Mom. How would that work. He has 4 grown kids with her . Is there marriage legal. Well if there’s common law here it would.

    • Wanda Self
    • July 07, 2019
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    Please help? My father and my stepmother own home in Florida, I live in Oklahoma. He passed away a few years ago and she still lives in the home. They didn’t have any kids TOGETHER. My question question is what happens to the house etc after she passes away? I barely knew my real father, just talked to him a few times throughout the years. How do I find out if there was or wasn’t a will and if not does his biological children have legal claim to property? Since my father died my stepmother has told me that she doesn’t want any more contact with me.

    Thanks for your help

    • July 10, 2019
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    My dad had 2 Brothers and 1 sister… He lived in the family big property that had two houses with land around it… My dad past away in 1/2010 . His oldest brother locked the houses up after taking all he wanted, even what belonged to my dad… Then he sold everything land and all. Given my Dad’s to daughters (myself and my half older sister) nothing… Now he’s dead and someone else not family loves on the property and he still have two siblings left alive plus us (his children) how do we get our daddy’s part of everything taking??? This is what I need help in finding out

    • Dovhani Netshikweta
    • July 15, 2019
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    my father had two wives. he had one in the title deeds. he had kids tom both wives. How do we share his property?

    • August 07, 2019
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    QUESTION: My Husband and I have been married for 33 years. No Will as of yet, but, are in the process of getting one. However, the question is this- His parents both passed away within the last 5 months..They verbally left their home to him..(The home was not left to him in the WILL. The home wasn’t included in the original WILL. As his wife, I’m wondering if I’m entitled to the home?? Do I have claims to the house? Please advise if I have the right to claim the home, should anything was to ever happen to him?

    • Dennis Hickey
    • September 03, 2019
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    My family are saying that my dad did not have a will which is kind of strange because my dad always told me he had his will already made and that’s my son and me would be covered. My mother is still alive and I have nine brothers and sisters. I have lived in my parents home 4 over 12 years my son has lived in the home. For 8 years.
    My mother wants to sell the home due to the property being deemed as a rental property from the city now and an inspection was made and she has been given 30 days to correct anything that needs to be done. So my sister just texted me saying that my mom is going to sell the house by the end of September which is funny because she has to have everything done by October 3rd or 4th I forget. Isn’t there any law that prohibits her from Jess kicking me and my son out.? And don’t I have the right to claim inheritance from my dad since his passing in April? My mother and the rest of my family has made my son and myself lifes a living hell sense my dad and my son’s grandfather died we were both the apple of his eye and he treated us very well and my mother and all my other brothers and sisters I believe and I basically know has always been jealous and did not like that my dad treated my son and me so well. and ever since he passed we can’t even get help with money to get toilet paper to clean yourself after using the bathroom or toothpaste or shampoo or soap. Etc etc I mean it has gotten really bad and right before my dad died something happened and I’ve had to deal with that since the spring time and hopefully it will be over by the 25th of this month and it has been causing me not to be able to get employed by any company. And they’re holding that against me that I I need to get off my feet but because of the lies that they pursued to make have affected me and not being able to obtain employment. There has to be some legal precedent about for how long that I and my son have lives here that she can’t just throw us out on the street or put us in some type of dirty drug-addicted Motel where people straight out of prison in jail go to. And there has to be some legal precedent that I should be able to claim some type of inheritance from my dad passing? Anything you guys can okay bus an information for me and my son would be greatly appreciated..
    Love Brennan & Dennis Hickey.

    • Robert S. Murphy
    • November 08, 2019
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    My younger brother died a few weeks ago with no will. Me being his older brother am I entitled to anything? My mom is still alive but I have’nt spoken to her in years.

    • gary stolz
    • November 16, 2019
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    my step dad died ,we where never adopted but spent 51 years with the man called him dad my sister lived with him when he passed an we had his last name till i was 25 years old i grew up as a walker school records ssn drivers licence all under walker when he passed only one living relative his brother is alive he raised me an my sister an stayed in are lifes till his last days.my mother an him devorsed in 92 he was still are father were 3 an 5 yr old an he was the only dad in are lifes do we have any rights to the probate.he didnt have a will but left the life insurance to my sister. but the brother swooped in an is remoldling the home b4 probate is even done this is not a usaull case i know its was the 60s when we became walkers in the late 80s when i couldnt find my birth certificate is when i had to get it from the hospital is when i had to go to stolz.we where in his life saw him days b4 he died

    • Nikki
    • December 12, 2019
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    My mom passed back in Aug. No will I’m told, she was divorce with us three girls I just want to live in the house the house, property, vehicle was all paid off so what is my rights can I live inside the home? How do you find a will?

    • Liz Langenheim
    • February 25, 2020
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    I have a question pertaining to this information. My fiance’s grandfather has being in a nursing home and my fiance has been living in his house for years. I just recently moved in and I’ve been putting my own money into fixing the house up because everything was severely outdated. His grandfather passed and the house is left to my fiance’s aunt. I don’t know what her plans are for the house but we just found out that the grandfather took TWO mortgages out on the house. Do we have any legal rights being we’ve been the ones maintaining the property and the house? Can the bank take the house now that the grandfather passed? Or does the debt die with him? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • Per Carlsson
    • March 04, 2020
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    My mother died just over two years ago now. She was a US citizen but was married to a Swede (my father – who passed away 17 years ago), and had been living in Sweden for many years. My mother had no will – Swedes often don’t have wills unless there are factors that might complicate the inheritance process, e.g. children by different spouses, great wealth etc. In my mom’s case things were very straightforward: she lived in a home and had three children (myself and my two brothers) by the same father, and since Sweden automatically recognises the children’s equal share in the estate, what little she had locally was quickly divided up between us. However, she also had an account in the US, but it’s proving rather daunting to get the bank to give us clear information regarding what we need to do to close her account and have the money transferred to us in Sweden. It’s not enough money to make it worth spending a lot of legal fees, but it’s a substantial enough for us to want to retrieve it, and in any case it doesn’t belong to the bank. Any advice on what we can/should do or who we can turn to, would be very much appreciated.

    • Hm Anderson
    • April 22, 2020
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    My daughter’s ex-husband unexpectantly died without a will. My ex son-in-law was just required by the court to make monthly payments for real estate they lived in while married which my daughter originally purchased but refinanced while married. This just started in November 2019. In the meantime her ex-husband’s mother is planning to make arrangements for funeral also for the sale of the house etc. How can the mother whom my former son in law had nothing to do with lay a legal claim on any of my ex son in laws assists? What is the best course of action, file a lien against the house to recoup money’s lost during the sale. Who can legally sell the house?

    • Quintin
    • May 13, 2020
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    my dad passed away 6 years ago and my family took and sold off everything that my dad had said is mine. He said that my two older brothers had had their share and opportunities which they squandered off and walked away from that i was to inherit the business and what ever is left if he passed. my greedy brothers and mother took and sold everything leaving me with nothing even though i told them about what my dad had said they still did as they pleased. Do i have ground to stand on to take them to court or can someone please help me with advice on what to do ?

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