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Old 06-07-2017, 07:21 AM
 
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I will call in the morning. Thank-you. Should I also call the county court in White Plains where he lived for a long time? Or, do you contact the county in which he passed away? I am way out in Washington state.
You should start by calling the county in which he passed. If you are his only child, you would be the beneficiary of the remaining estate after all bills are paid. It is important to know, that your relatives can ask the estate for reimbursement for any burial and funeral expenses. They would most likely be entitled to that. You would only get what is left after all claims against the estate are paid. Good luck.
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Old 06-07-2017, 11:32 AM
 
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I will call in the morning. Thank-you. Should I also call the county court in White Plains where he lived for a long time? Or, do you contact the county in which he passed away? I am way out in Washington state.
You do not have to do anything. You can walk away entirely.

If he has debts, the debtors can move to open probate of his estate. They will have to contact you if you are the sole living heir at law. If you think there may be assets and you want them, then you have to incur some costs. A lawyer is not cheap, but if you can find out what the assets are it may be worth it. If he was not married, his parents are dead and he had no other children, you get everything that goes through intestacy, after valid debts.

If no one else does anything and you want to go after assets, then you are going to have to get some help. A lot of it can be done from far away, but some requires presence, including the potential for a hearing, which is no often the case, but can happen.

Good luck. Honestly, if it is not a great deal of money, I would walk away. If you have his social security number, you can try hire an asset private investigator to search and let you know what you are dealing with. They work nationally.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:57 PM
 
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I will call in the morning. Thank-you. Should I also call the county court in White Plains where he lived for a long time? Or, do you contact the county in which he passed away? I am way out in Washington state.
My prediction is that while you might get through to someone in Duchess, you have zero chance of getting a call through or call back in White Plains.
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Old 06-29-2017, 05:22 PM
 
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Someone has to petition surrogates court to handle his estate intestate. It would most likely be the county he last resided in. Techically, you *could* handle the petition on your own without a lawyer (buddy up with the clerk at surrogates and they will point you to the forms) but travel distance is your challenge. This usually requires multiple trips back and forth over several months. Otherwise, a lawyer would be needed which frankly I beleive their fees for surrogates work is a ripoff. If you believe there is money there then you have to figure out the probate process and get in line with his debtors. Call and ask if there is anyway to handle the process by mail.
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