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3 Steps to Take If Your Loved One Passed Without a Will August 29, 2017

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3 Steps to Take If Your Loved One Passed Without a Will, Bridgeport, Connecticut

Losing a loved one isn’t easy, and learning that your relative did not leave behind a will only adds to the stress. Despite the fact that drafting one with the help of a probate law attorney is fairly easy, most Americans do not have one. Below, Tom Ganim of Ganim, Ganim & Ganim, P.C. in Bridgeport, CT, discusses the steps you need to take if a deceased loved one does not have a will.

Probate Law Attorney on What to Do If Your Loved One Died Without a Will

1. Seek Legal Counsel

Managing the probate process with a will is complicated enough, so trying to do so without one compounds the challenges. Fortunately, a probate law attorney can help. Your lawyer will show you how to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration, which will allow you to become the administrator of the estate in the eyes of all financial institutions, to complete the probate process.

2. Address Any Debts

probate lawBefore you can administer any assets to your loved one’s immediate relatives, you must first settle any outstanding debts of the deceased. These debts will typically be deducted from the estate and can include funeral expenses. As the administrator or court-appointed representative, you will also need to file the deceased’s final income tax return. If he or she owes anything, the full amount must be deducted from the estate as well.

3. Distribute the Remaining Assets

If there are any remaining assets, you can distribute them via the laws of succession in Connecticut. In general, children, spouses, and parents inherit everything. If the deceased does not have a partner, any descendants, or living parents, the siblings will inherit everything.

If you recently lost a loved one who does not have a will, turn to Tom Ganim of Ganim, Ganim & Ganim, P.C. for quality guidance every step of the way. The firm has been helping North End clients for over 50 years and has earned a reputation for excellence. You can learn more about the legal assistance he provides by visiting his website. To schedule an initial consultation with the probate law attorney call (203) 372-7772 today.

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