If a parent passes away and did not leave a Will, or you cannot locate one, there are a few steps people need to take, according to Forbes in "Your Parent Didn't Have a Will: What Should You Do Now?"
Those steps include (but are not limited to):
- Check to see if your parent had a safety deposit box. Your parent might have created a Will and put it in their safety deposit box. It can be difficult to gain access to these boxes, but it is possible.
- Search around the house for a Will. Check any place your parent put any important financial or legal information. You might find a Will stuffed away in some old file folder at the back of a drawer.
- While you are doing this, gather all of the information that you can find about your parent's finances. This information will help you later, so you might as well get it while you are searching for the Will.
- Hire an estate administration attorney to assist you with the administration of your parent’s estate. The attorney can assist with the probate process and make the overall administration process much easier on you.
Reference: Forbes (June 4, 2018) "Your Parent Didn't Have a Will: What Should You Do Now?"