How do I start to sell my deceased father’s estate?

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How do I start to sell my deceased father’s estate?

He owned several different properties. He was not married; his mother and father is still living,and I have one other sister who is she is a minor. I would like to sell everything. Would his parents be in charge of everything or would I be in charge of getting everything sold; I’m 23 years old. What would be the first thing i would have to do to get everything sold?

Asked on April 11, 2012 under Estate Planning, Georgia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  If he died with out  Will then he died intestate and the intestacy stattes in Georgia will apply.  Here is what it says:

"Children of the decedent are in the first degree, and those who survive the decedent shall share the estate equally, with the descendants of any deceased child taking, per stirpes, the share that child would have taken if in life;"

That means you and your sister share equally.  You arean adult so you can indeed be appointed as the Personal Representative of his estate. That involves filing a Petition in Court to be appointed then marshalling (gathering) assets and debts, advising creditors, giving notice to potential distributees, etc.  It can be overwhelming. I would get some help.  Good luck.


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