Charlotte, NC asked in Estate Planning and Probate for South Carolina

Q: My father just recently passed. How can I claim any of his estate?

He has never been married. My brother and I were not raised together we have different mothers. He is 11 years older than me. Alot of my father family don't know me. My brother was the only child mentioned in the obituary. Can I claim any of his estate?

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Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Crossville, TN

A: The answer to your question depends a lot on whether or not your father had a will and, if he did, what is says. If he did not have a will then, yes, you can claim part of his estate, but you can't wait forever to do it. Hire a probate attorney in the area where your father had lived to see if a probate has been commenced and to represent you in that case. If not, then you can commence a probate yourself. Best of luck to you.

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