If my brother-in-law committed suicide and didn’t have a Will, how do we get possession of his belongings?

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If my brother-in-law committed suicide and didn’t have a Will, how do we get possession of his belongings?

Asked on May 31, 2012 under Estate Planning, California

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your los.  When a person dies with out a Will it is known as dying "intetate" and the intestacy statutes in your state will apply.  This statute will tell you who is to receive what portion.  What someone needs to do is to be appointed as the personal representative of his estate by filing a Petition in the probate court in the county in which he resided at the time of his death.  The appointment will give that person the legal right to act and do as needed. Good luck.


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