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My dad is in hospice and my half sister and adopted daughter of my father is POA. Everything is an emotional mess as I believe there is no will. She has already started to go through my dads belongings and he is not dead yet. I have no access to his house now where i used to be able to come in his part freely and use vehicles and such because thats how dad was. Items have been distributed and I have evidence that they have started this process by pictures she has brought to the hospital and shown everybody that I know to be in dads locker in his room.

Lawyer's Assistant: Can you tell me what state this is in? And just to clarify, what paperwork has been filed?

VA None

Lawyer's Assistant: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?

I am my fathers only biological heir besides my sister and my dads brother

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Whats going to happen without a will and if there is one what is the next step
Estate Lawyer: Dwayne B., Attorney replied 7 months ago

When he passes away there will have to be a probate done to pay his creditors and then to pass title to any of his property to his heirs at law. That process is known as an "intestate probate" (intestate means without a will).

This is started by having a lawyer file an Application for Intestate Probate and asking that someone be appointed as Executor. While someone can try and do it themselves, it is rare for anyone to be successful if there is not a will and it exposes that person to personal liability if they make a mistake. It is also more expensive to hire a lawyer to come in later and try to fix one that was messed up than it would have been to pay a lawyer to do it correctly in the first place. Probate law is antiquated, often makes no sense, and is very difficult procedurally to do correctly.

While the person seeking to be appointed executor has to pay for the lawyer, they can apply to the court to be reimbursed for those fees from the assets of the estate.

If your question has been answered then I'd offer my best wishes to you and ask that you please not forget to leave a 5 Star Positive Rating so I receive credit for my work. Of course, please feel free to ask any follow-up questions in this thread. I want to be sure all of your questions are answered.

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