my husband just passed away unexpectedly in nj and left no will what do i do now

my husband had no will and we only own our home and two vehicles what do I do now. We have no children of our own.

Asked on March 31, 2018 under Estate Planning, New Jersey


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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  If your Husband dies without a Will then his Probate Estate will pass via intestacy statute in New Jersey.  Now, his probate estate includes everything that is not jointly owned with you.  If everything you woned was owned as Husband and Wife then it passed to you automatically at the time of his death.  So you need not do anything at this time.  Should you wish to refinance the house you may need to do a new deed in your name only.  Good luck.

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