What are my rights if my dad passed away but left no Will?

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What are my rights if my dad passed away but left no Will?

His widow is co-owner of the home and filed for his estate to go to probate. Should I, as his only child, ask for a hearing? Upon the death of his wife, I would like to be the one to inherit anything left from his estate.

Asked on August 21, 2015 under Estate Planning, Connecticut

Answers:

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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorrgy for your loss.  If your Father died without a Will then he is said to have died "intestate" and the intestacy laws in the state apply.  Under those laws you would indeed inherit any asset that is part of his probate estate, menaing not jointly held with his wife.  You can not force her to leave you anything that was jointly held and passed to her automatically at the time of his death.  Seek help.  Good luck.


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