How do I get a testamentary letter, when my daughter never had a Will?

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How do I get a testamentary letter, when my daughter never had a Will?

I was told by the GA tax office in order to claim her taxes this letter is needed. I
have never heard of this before.

Asked on June 1, 2017 under Estate Planning, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Apply to the probate court for a letter appointing you the personal representative for the estate, as next of kin when there is no will. Such an appointment should be granted in such a case (it was for me; my father, who was a FL resident, passed away without a will), though it will likely take several weeks: probate court is slow. If it's not economically worthwhile to retain a probate attorney to help you, contact the clerk's officer at the probate court in the county in which she lived for instructions.


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