If my father died without a Will and only left a small estate, how do I get appointed personal representative?

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If my father died without a Will and only left a small estate, how do I get appointed personal representative?

His estate is not worth more than $50,000 so, according to state guidelines, no estate needs to be created. However, without on estate, how can a personal representative be appointed so I can discover all of his debt?

Asked on February 6, 2015 under Estate Planning, Indiana

Answers:

Christine Socrates / Christine Sabio Socrates, Atty at Law

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You need to open a probate estate unles the assets are $50,000 or less; the surviving spouse is entitled to all of the assets and the decedent died on or after April 16, 1993.  If there is no surviving spouse, then the amount is $35,000.00.  You can discover his debt by going through his mail and financial records if there is no estate opened.  I would advise you to discuss with a probate attorney to assist you.  


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