Sherwood, AR asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Michigan

Q: in michigan if a parent dies married to a woman other than my mother does she have the right to exclude me from everythi

there was no will and she is not allowing me access to his home . she is not forthcoming with any of his financial things or anything to do with him what are my rights?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: These situations are always emotionally tough. But legally, yes: whomever you are legally married to when you die stands to receive the lion's share of any estate. She would also have priority for appointment as personal representative. She would be obligated to share the inventory with you (what your dad had and it's value), but unless that exceeds statutory values, she stands to receive it all.

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