Posted by John Merchant on June 26, 2007 at 09:35:21:
Appears the clerk really isn’t understanding that there is no Last Will and nothing you could do now would make it valid.
So my suggestion is you do go talk to your lawyer and get his/her help on doing a simple NON-will “Intestate Administration” procedure (used by surviving legal heirs where there is no Last Will) as your statutes permit.*
While this might cost you between $500-1000 wouldn’t you rather have some of the profit than none of it?
*In every state there is a schedule of lawful surviving heirs(kids, spouse, parents, siblings, etc.) who are entitled to ownership of the decedent’s property if & when he/she dies with no last will.
If you’ll find your State’s Statutes online you can find “heirship” etc. and be looking at your required procedures quickly.