How do I obtain my father’s estate if I am only child and he had no surviving spouse?

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How do I obtain my father’s estate if I am only child and he had no surviving spouse?

I’m an only child of my deceased father and his girlfriend will not give me the key he left for me nor will she give me possession of his estate. How should I handle this matter?

Asked on January 9, 2012 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If your father passed without a Will or trust in place, then under the intestacy laws of the state that your father passed away in, you most likely are entitled to inherit a portion of his estate. I suggest that you consult with a Wills and trust attorney concerning the situation you are writing about in that your question is pretty vague as to what you might have received from your father if anything.

If he has a Will or trust, then the Will or trust would generally control as to the ditribution of his estate. I suggest that you proceed with consulting the suggested attorney sooner rather than later.


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