Dead relative no will but owned property?

A close relative of mines passed away. There was a property in their name. Unfortunately, my name wasn’t added to the deed before the person passed away. I am wondering if probate court would be simple since the person did not owe any debt, no kids, no spouse and nobody in the family wants anything to do with the property other than me so it will not be contested.


Probate is never quick and easy with real estate involved. A probate will need to be opened where the property is located. If there is no will, the beneficiaries will be determined according to the law of intestacy of that state, which may or may not be you. Once the probate is closed and the real estate distributed to the determined beneficiaries, the beneficiaries will be free to deed it to you. You should consult a probate attorney.

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