If my father died without a Will, who is his next of kin?

When he died he had a loan to pnc bank co signed by my grandmother, does this change the next of kin or add problems to his estate?

Asked on June 11, 2012 under Estate Planning, Delaware


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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  When a person dies without a will it is known as dying "intestate" and the intestacy statute in Delaware will apply.  Now, you did not give details on your family but generally speaking, once a person has children (you) then their parents (your grandmother) have no rights to the assets of their estate. The loan is a debt of the estate which would need to be paid.  Your grandmother is also responsible for the loan as a co-signor.  If you need more help write back.  Good luck.

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