If an individual dies without a will, the next of kin has the right to petition the court to open an estate. The law determines the priority of who is entitled to petition to open an estate on behalf of a deceased person. We’re here to answer your questions regarding starting probate without a will and help you determine who is the appropriate person to open an estate for a deceased loved one.
When a person dies without a will, the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania dictate who the heirs will be and what share each individual will receive. We can explain this to you and help you identify which heirs will be recognized to receive an inheritance from the estate.
If you have other questions about estate administration and probate, browse our Estate Administration FAQs