My estranged divorced father recently died, how do we find out about his Will?

He said that he had one executed and we assume his girlfriend has it. How do we find out what happens to his house if he alone was on the deed? She is not speaking to us.

Asked on September 15, 2013 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

Answers:

Nathan Wagner / Law Office of Nathan Wagner

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You could file a probate case (called an Orphan's court case, in Pennsylvania), asking to be appointed as administrator. Give notice to the girlfriend. The court should order her to produce the will. If she doesn't produce it, the court may conclude that there is no valid will and order his assets to be distributed to his family members. It would be a good idea to first talk with a local probate attorney.

Nathan Wagner / Law Office of Nathan Wagner

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

You could file a probate case (called an Orphan's court case, in Pennsylvania), asking to be appointed as administrator. Give notice to the girlfriend. The court should order her to produce the will. If she doesn't produce it, the court may conclude that there is no valid will and order his assets to be distributed to his family members. It would be a good idea to first talk with a local probate attorney.


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