Q: Am I required to go through probate?
My father passed away without a will. My mother is still alive and was married to him for 53 years at time of death. They own one house together. My father loved cars and has a few in his name and my mother's name. They also had one joint checking account with less than $1000 in it.. There is one small life insurance policy without a listed beneficiary. He has one personal loan over $5000 and a few credit cards under $1000. Are we required to go through probate? Is the home and cars protected from being sold off to pay the personal loan?
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