Q: Do I need an estate planning or probate attorney?
My estranged husband died seven years ago and I just found out. He inherited his father's house along with his brother before we were married. I do not necessarily want any part of his inheritance but want to know if I am required to do anything, since I have no clue as to what my husband's financial or legal situations were before his passing, he was mentally ill and transient, to the best of my knowledge.
A: You are not REQUIRED to do anything, but you might want to consult with an attorney if you want to know your options.
A: For what it's worth: Probate attorney = Estate attorney.
And you have no legal obligation to do anything.
A: I am sorry for your loss. Even though you are estranged, it is still part of your life that has passed. You don't necessarily have a duty to do anything, but the assets may just stay in limbo. It may be worth your while to consult with an attorney to see if it is to your benefit to file a probate. Best of Luck! Jennifer
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