Can I claim a inheritance if there is no Will?

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Can I claim a inheritance if there is no Will?

My grandfather passed away in the late 90s, and was survived by his spouse who wasn’t my grandmother. At that time I was living in Russia and she traveled to meet with me and to tell me that after she passes, the property that they bought together would go to me. I’m not aware that there was any formal Will. Since then I moved to US but didn’t try to contact her and nor did she. Recently, I learned that there indeed is property that is in her name. However, there’s also the name of another person and the name of the town on the title/mortgage and it’s listed as a trust. I don’t understand what it means. I’m not sure if she’s deceased or alive. What can do to find out?

Asked on December 25, 2012 under Estate Planning, New Jersey

Answers:

Victor Waid / Law Office of Victor Waid

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Obtain yourself a probate trust attorney to determine your inheritance rights per the trust, and if no trust, than by right of succession. If the property was transferred by a trust to someone else, you may not have any inheritance rights.


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