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If there are accounts that are listed as "transfer on death" or with beneficiary designations those accounts pass automatically to the listed beneficiaries based on the designations he made. You can and should check with the company that has his retirement account to see if he designated a beneficiary on that account.
With that said, all other assets that are owned by your father alone and without beneficiaries will pass under intestate
succession law in Tennessee. Here is the statute regarding intestate succession in Tennessee:
(a) The intestate share of the surviving spouse is:
(1) If there is no surviving issue of the decedent, the entire intestate estate; or
(2) If there are surviving issue of the decedent, either one-third (1/3) or a child's share of the entire intestate estate, whichever is greater.
(b) The part of the intestate estate not passing to the surviving spouse under subsection (a) or the entire intestate estate if there is no surviving spouse, passes as follows: (1) To the issue of the decedent; if they are all of the same degree of kinship to the decedent they take equally, but if of unequal degree, then those of more remote degree take by representation;
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