If my grandfather died and my father is his only child, do I have any rights?

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If my grandfather died and my father is his only child, do I have any rights?

My grandfather died. He also owned a home in another state, which I am told has

sold. No one is paying the taxes on his other home. Ownership states estate of my

grandfather. My father is his only child. Do I have any rights? What happens

if my father does not pay the real estate taxes?

Asked on April 27, 2017 under Estate Planning, New Hampshire

Answers:

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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

If your grandfather had a Will, then that controls who is entited to share in his estate. If your grandfather died without a Will (i.e. "intestate"), then state law controls. Typically,  in such a case an estate is distributes to the surviving spouse, if any, and to the children of the deceased. Accordingly, if your grandfather was not married at the time of his death and your father was his only child, then your father is the sole heir. As a grandchild you have no rights of inheritance in this case.


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