Thanks for your question and good afternoon.My sympathy for your loss of loved one.Here in Louisiana his estate passes under the laws of intestacy.You would need to make application for court supervised probate called succession in the parish where he resided.The court would appoint you succession representative here and supervise administration of the estate.This would include gathering assets, paying creditor claims and taxes if any, liquidating assets, and distributing the remainder of the funds to the legal heirs under the laws of intestacy as follow below..
Things are more complicated if the deceased person had half-sisters as you state. In that case, the deceased person’s property is divided equally between his or her mother’s and father’s family lines. The mother’s family line gets one-half of the property and the father’s family line gets the remaining half. Any sisters with the same parents will inherit through both lines. The half-sisters will only inherit through the mother’s or father’s line, as the case may be.
Ultimately the court makes findings who is an heir and their share to be distributed to them in final distribution.
Reference to probate.
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Your first step here would be to obtain a local probate lawyer and then make application and go from there.Once you are appointed succession representative you will need an EIN number from IRS.This number takes the place of the deceased's social security number and goes on the estate account, tax returns, etc.
EIN number information.
It has been my pleasure to assist you today.Please let me know if you have more follow up.Thanks again.
You would be entitled to a fee of 2% of the value of the estate as set out in the inventory to serve here as succession representative.
You can locate a probate lawyer here.
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