One of my parents recently passed away near Sarasota. I live out of state. Their estate is large enough for probate. This parent was not married and I am the first-born child but was not very close with that side of the family. There are half-siblings and other relatives in FL there and I'm sure that last wishes were discussed with one or all of them. I do not believe that my parent would have left me out of receiving anything, no matter how small or insignificant. I do not want to approach my relatives about it to avoid any conflict. Do I have a legal way to discover any info about this estate, and what I am entitled to, if anything? Thank you.
Sorry for your loss and please accept my condolences.
You can check online in the county where your mothe lived, usually, a Will should/must be filed within 10 days in the county where the person lived (thiis rarely happens). If a probate is opened, the will is filed and submitted to the clerk of the court and a probate is opened, you will be able to look this up online, check online in the county where your parent lived, this will let you know if there was a Will and if there is a probate .
Let me add to Mr. Gunthert's reply which was correct. If no Will was filed (because no one else could find it), or no probate was opened, you may contact a probate attorney in the county where the deceased lived and petition to open the probate yourself (as a child of the deceased). if you con't find what you're looking for online, I'd recommend you contact a local probate attorney to assist you. Finally was the deceased married at the time of his/her passing? If so, the Will may have directed everything go to the surviving spouse. Is the surviving spouse also your parent?
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