My father passed away in July. Do I have any rights to his property?

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My father passed away in July. Do I have any rights to his property?

I live in CT and my father lived in
Florida. He passed away in July. He
planned on leaving me a car and a
motorcycle but I don’t know if he had a
will. I have tried contacting family in
Florida with no luck.

Asked on January 26, 2017 under Estate Planning, Connecticut

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If your father had a Will then that contols just how his estate is to be divided; you may are may not be listed as a beneficiary. If he had no Will, then he died "intestate" which means that the laws of his state will control the distribution of his assets. Typically, in such a case, any surviving spouse and the children of the deceased share in the estate (in just what percentages depends on specific state law; you can check online for further information).)


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