my father passed away in the state of new york how do I find out if he had a well or if I am part of his estate.
Unfortunately, there is no central registry in NY for wills. Thus the only way to find out if there was a will would be to contact the clerk of surrogate court in the city where he resided at the time of his death and see if probate has been opened and if it has the copy of the will would be in the file. If no probate has been opened, then as an Heir you can file to open probate and then send notice to all of the other potential heirs and if there is a will someone has to produce it in probate court and if not then as a child you would have an equal share in the estate with any surviving spouse or other children of the deceased.
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how is this all done as he just passed on 5/5/2012
Typically, the will cannot be filed for 30 days after death and you need to be thinking about getting an attorney now to handle probate and represent you and you can file to open probate and seek to be named administrator of the estate and then let any other potential heirs come to court if they have a will.
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