Can I still inherit from my Dad’s estate?

Q: At the time of my Dad’s death, my step mother was still alive. He had no will. The administrator never told the children of any inheritance. My step mother has now passed. Are we still entitled to any proceeds from the sale of his home? (West Mifflin, PA)

A: As your father had no will, who stands to inherit from your father depends on PA intestate (no will) law. The PA intestate statute sets out who inherits and what percentage. It is likely that the children as well as the second wife will inherit from the estate. However, if the house was owned by husband and wife (both on the deed), it is likely to not pass into the estate but instead bypass the estate and pass directly to the surviving spouse under the law of entireties. You could look up the old deed with a trip to the Allegheny County Recorder of Deeds. You can also look in the Register of Wills to see if an estate was opened for your step-mother. You can also consult with an attorney.

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