Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
Good afternoon. I am Loren, a licnesed attorney, and I look forward to assisting you. My condolences for your loss.
Did she leave assets in her name? Is her estate solvent?
Thank you for the additional information.
The probate process is fairly straightforward. If there is no will then the estate is called "intestate".
You would go to the probate court for the county where your grandmother was domiciled when she died. They will have the form petition to open probate for an intestate estate.
Any interested party may file to open the estate. Once you file the petition the court will appoint a representative and the representative will start marshaling the assets and providing notice to creditors.
The intestate estate will be divided between the children of the grandmother and their descendants after the creditors' claims are resolved.
It is strongly advised that you retain local probate counsel to help you through the process. If you need assistance finding local counsel try Martindale Hubble (site rules prohibit us from referring specific attorneys) . Many attorneys themselves use this site to locate attorneys outside their jurisdiction or expertise:
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