What to do about my late father’s estate?

My father passed last year. He has not been buried yet. My step-mother 80+ and half brother and sister (both mentally retarded) live in my dads home. Do I have any rights as his oldest son? Is it possible to put the home owned by my deceased father and deceased mother into my name to protect my step-mom, brother and sister? Is there a way I can have my father buried? I am not close with my step-mom and am not sure of her frame of mind.

Asked on September 12, 2012 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss and for the situation as it stands.  I would strongly suggest that you seek help from ana ttorney in your area as soon as you can here.  Much more information is needed to determine what you can do.  The first  step would be to be appointed as the personal representative of your Father's estate and to effectuate burial.   As for the house,  more info is needed.  If it passed to your Dad at the time of your mother's death then it is part of his estate for distribution.  And that estate is to be divided between all his children and his wife.  Please get help.  Good luck.


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