What are my family’s inheritance rights if my sister died without Will?

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What are my family’s inheritance rights if my sister died without Will?

Our parents still living and she had a spouse but no children. Her spouse is refusing to talk to my parents (ages 94and 93) and says that there is only enough real estate to settle her estate. There is lots of personal property of hers – jewelery and antique collection. Are my parents entitled to buy items that have been appraised before others get that chance? What are their options.

Asked on May 15, 2013 under Estate Planning, Kentucky

Answers:

Tricia Dwyer / Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Hello. I am sorry to learn of the loss of your sister. Since you state that the spouse refuses to speak with the parents, I know of no law permitting the parents to be able to do as you suggest. The only thought that comes to mind would be posslby to seek a court injunction for which the parents should obtain immediately attorney counsel and assistance regarding local law.

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