My daughter is the oldest living child of her father's. He has never married, he does have 2 younger children from a new relationship. He passed away, however I know that he had benefits from when we were together, 401k, I also know he was in the union, so I am sure there was death benefits. His mom has tried numerous times on Facebook messenger to get me to state my daughter is not his, which of course I didn't, I believe it was a ploy so maybe his mother could get the benefits to give to his other kids that she adores. In any case, I'd like to know what my options are. Do I have to motion up the court? How do I even know if there was anything? He died of cancer because he refused to amputate his leg, so he might of even of made a will since he denied treatment. Any help would be appreciated.
if he had a will, it should have been filed in the office of he court clerk of the county in which he died. check there first.
if nothing there, then most likely he had no will. then check with the probate section of the court clerk to see if an estate has been opened. if so, there should be an inventory in it and an affidavit of heirship. your daughter should be on that affidavit.
if none of these work, go consult some probate lawyers in your county for other ideas.
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