i expect to be appointed administrator of dad's estate - he died without a will;
1. if i can sue in mass, and in state court, or federal
2. if i win when suing on behalf of dad; what is wife entitled to
Sorry for your loss. You likely will have to sue in New Orleans, because there will be no jurisdiction over the restaurant here unless it also transacts business here.
Since he died without a will, the estate will be divided between his surviving spouse and children. If a child pre-deceased him but left children, those grandchildren will take their deceased parent's share.
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I'm changing the practice area to personal injury, since you need to consult with an attorney who practices in that area.
More information will be needed to answer the second part of the question, beginning with the value of the estate and whether you are the child of your father and his wife.
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