What if my dad has passed away without making a Will?

He and my mom never married. He had a safety deposit box which I have the key for. I paid for his cremation and have his death certificates. How may I get access to his belongings?

Asked on October 2, 2013 under Estate Planning, Hawaii

Answers:

Nathan Wagner / Law Office of Nathan Wagner

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Was your father married at the time he passed away? Did he have other children? Assuming that he was not married and you are his only child, you should inherit all his belongings (after his creditors are paid). Depending on what he owned, you may have to open probate case to get access to his assets. These procedures vary from state to state. You should consult with a local probate attorney about your situation.


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