Monroe, OH asked in Estate Planning for Indiana

Q: Who do I need to contact if a relative dies without a will and had no lawyer?

My grandmother passed away with no will and no lawyer contact information. My father (her son) is still living and has taken things such as jewelry, her vehicle, bank and credit cards into his possession. With no will do these things automatically go to him?

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Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Valparaiso, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: If your relative died with no will and you believe that a probate estate should be opened, you should contact a probate attorney in county where your relative lived to discuss setting up a probate estate.

Assets do not automatically past to surviving kin without probate or a probate alternative or device, like a transfer on death designation (TOD) or beneficiary designation.

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