I recently found out my father passes away on Jan 22, 2012. He lived in AL and I live in MS. He and my mother were never married and paternity was established through DNA testing when I was 15 at a local DHS office. I know he has one other daughter. He was not married at the time of his death. I am trying to find out what I need to do in regards to his estate.
If your father passed away unmarried, you are a next of kin, and would likely be notified as to any probate proceedings. If he had no will, you might even be entitled to serve as administrator of the estate. If you want to be sure, though, your best bet is to find the court handling probate matters in the county he lived in, and contact them. If you really want to be actively involved, you will need to hire an attorney local to your father's last residence, who not only can go to court and check if an estate has been opened, but assist with the probate of his estate if you take the responsibility, or protect your interests from afar if someone else does.
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Mr Rosenberg provides a great answer. To repeat, you should obtain counsel to assist you here, especially since you may be able to become administrator of the estate if there is no will. So if you get to court first with an attorney to assist you it would put you in a position of control.
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