I am the nephew, and live closest to where my aunt lived, but was told that the step children will have to decide her estate–The hospital and her landlord call my house what should I do if her step children and ex husband do not respond?
ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU:
If your aunt had no children, no living parent, and no living siblings, then the nieces and nephews are next in line to inherit. The step-children have no claim to any probate property. If you aunt had no assets of value, it may not be worth it to probate the estate because the costs will exceed what you would inherit. A creditor may petition to open an estate if the heirs have not done so. You should consult with an estate administration attorney to determine if you should file for probate.
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