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What To Do When There Is No Will

In situations where a person has not left a will, questions can arise as to who the beneficiaries are and what their share of the decedent’s estate is. There may also be unique issues concerning who will qualify to be the administrator of the estate and whether they are financially fit to do so. In some instances, more than one person desires to be appointed the administrator of the estate and the court will step in to resolve that estate’s issue.

These situations can be legally complex. If you find yourself dealing with an estate that has no will, it is vital to consult an attorney who understands estate litigation matters. Based in Hamilton Township, Salvatore DePinto, Attorney at Law, has been representing clients throughout New Jersey in such situations for more than three decades. We are committed to guiding our clients toward resolution with attention to their unique situation as efficiently as possible.

Understanding Intestate Succession

When an individual passes away without a will in New Jersey, their assets transfer to the closest living relative. This applies to assets they own independently. Any assets co-owned will be transferred to the surviving co-owner if a beneficiary was not established prior to death. There are specific guidelines for the distribution of these assets particularly when spouses and children are involved. Because the rules surrounding intestate succession are complicated, it is best to have an experienced estate litigation attorney representing your best interests.

Contact Our Law Firm

If you are faced with a situation where the decedent left no will and you are unsure about your rights, contact Salvatore DePinto, Attorney at Law, for an initial consultation by calling 609-807-8942 or complete our online form. From our offices in Hamilton Township in Mercer County, we represent clients in the surrounding areas of Robbinsville, Allentown, West Windsor and Cranbury.