My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Washington
My only sibling passed away in early February. He was divorced and had one child who I’ve seen only a few times since she’s been an adult. His passing was sudden and quite unexpected, and I’m doubtful that he had a will. If not then his property would go to his daughter according to rules of intestate succession. His primary asset was his home.
Because my relationship with his daughter is not good, we only had one brief conversation. For 3 months I’ve checked with the court and she has not filed a petition to be his personal representative. The deed for his home is recorded in his name and I see no evidence of a trust or transfer on death arrangement.
Early March I visited his home and noticed from outside that all contents had been removed. I’ve also checked the home a couple times with online real estate sites and was very surprised last weekend to see that the home was listed late March, was extensively remodeled and had a pending sale in early April. I do not understand how a person who is not appointed to represent an estate can gain the authority to sell a home not owned by a trust and with no transfer on death deed. Am I missing something? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
At this point I am thinking about petitioning the court myself in order to better understand what is going on. Maybe that would force his daughter to disclose whether or not she found a will and to comply with probate procedures.