Philadelphia, PA asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Probate and Small Claims for New Jersey

Q: My step father made himself adminstrator to my mother's estate but he died without disrupting anything

He died without distributing anything . since he remarried what can I do because new wife is not doing anything. No will but a house, land, cars safety deposit box and saving account worth more 50,000.00 what can I do since she refused to do anything

2 Lawyer Answers
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
Answered
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You start by seeking a consultation with an experienced estate planning lawyer because if your mother died without a will he could not legally appoint himself an administrator of the estate this must be done by the court.

Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo
Answered
  • Staten Island, NY
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You may application to the application to the Surrogate’s Court and endeavor to be appointed as the Substitute Administrator of your mother’s estate. Depending upon the circumstances the Court may approve or deny this application.

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