How do I obtain the car title of a car which belongs to my deceased father?

And how do I change the title into my name? He did not have a Will.

Asked on August 3, 2012 under Estate Planning, Maryland

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  If your father died with out a Will it is known as dying "intestate" and the intestacy laws in the state will apply. You must apply to the court to becomes the personal representative of his estate by filing a petition. Now, if your father had only a small estate each state has provisions that allow for a simpler probate.  Sometimes filing an affidavit is enough.  Go down tot eh county i which he resided at the time of his death and speak with the probate clerk.  They can not give legal advice but they can give forms, etc.  Good luck.

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  If your father died with out a Will it is known as dying "intestate" and the intestacy laws in the state will apply. You must apply to the court to becomes the personal representative of his estate by filing a petition. Now, if your father had only a small estate each state has provisions that allow for a simpler probate.  Sometimes filing an affidavit is enough.  Go down tot eh county i which he resided at the time of his death and speak with the probate clerk.  They can not give legal advice but they can give forms, etc.  Good luck.


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