Estate Law Questions? Ask an Estate Lawyer.
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You will need to file a petition to open an intestate estate. Only you and your sisters (and a surviving spouse, if there is one) are entitled to inherit. The proper jurisdiction and venue is the county where he resided before he died.
You will very likely need the assistance of a probate attorney, as ancillary estates will also need to be opened in the states where the properties are located.
Since there is no will, you are not the executor. You will be asking the court to appoint you as personal representative of the estate. If there are no objections to the appointment the court should approve it as a matter of course.
You will need to post notice to creditors and resolve lawful claims. You can then distribute the assets and close the estate.
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