My father passed away with no will, We had sold a house in Washington state that was in both our names do I have to split up the remainding balance with my brothers and sisters.
The answer to your question depends on a lot of different factors. Among those are how the house in Washington was titled, when it was sold and what your father's intent was. Other factors such as which state your father lived in when he died will determine what law applies and what requirements there may be for his estate. I recommend you consult with an attorney in your father's state to discuss these issues in detail.
I am sorry for your loss. I agree with Attorney McVittie. The law that applies would be that of the state of Washington, even if your father was a California resident at the time of his death. Whether or not you need to divide the proceeds with your brothers and sisters depends on how title to the real property was held, as well as what your father's intent was. In most states, if the property was held in joint tenancy, then you would be entitled to the entire proceeds for the sale. In most states, if the property was held in tenants in common, then your siblings would likely be entitled to a share of your father's share. lf this is the case, the state of Washington probably has codes that deal with intestate succession. Intestate succession refers to how property is distributed to heirs-at-law when someone dies without a will.
You should consult with a Probate/Estate attorney in Washington to ensure that the estate is properly handled.
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