My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Illinois
I had found out that a relative of mine had passed away, but I was never notified until I found out online when I came across the obituary. I did not know that relatives on his wives side was around or even existed. She had passed away years before. I was not aware as to who had even made funeral arrangements and attempting to get in contact with them.
A few questions. I am blood relation to him, the others are by marriage (nephews to the deceased wife), while I am the only on his side left. What can and will happen with the estate if there is not a will found? Including his property, as I would love to get back photos and heirlooms of his for one.
Also, I know at one time there was a will, and both my grandmother and mother were both listed in it as beneficiaries. Both have since passed away. IF he never changed it (he was up there in years...big time), What would happen with those if there was no stipulation as to transferring upon their death. Would that be something that would go down to me, or is it not that simple?
Just trying to get facts while I await hearing from them. Also, I was listed on the obituary, so they do know of me, what would I do if they do NOT contact me or try to deal out the estate without contacting me?