How do I change the name on the title of the property owned by my parents who are deceased

Both of my parents are deceased and they didn’t leave a will. How do I change the
name on the title

Asked on October 23, 2017 under Estate Planning, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You have to go through probate and get a court order that the property now be titled in your name, assuming (as we do) that you are the sole heir (e.g. sole surving child). Probate, getting title changed, etc. can be complicated if you are not a lawyer who regularly does this: even though I am an attorney, when my father died, I hired a probate attorney to help me. You are strongly advised to retain an attorney to help you. If you insist on doing it yourself, drop down by the probate court in the county where your parents lived and stop by the clerk's office: the clerk may be able to give you instructions or at least point you to some helpful resources.


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