Question Details: I am the illegitimate son of a person who died intestate 26 years ago. Recently, while doing some geneaology work, I found out he had left property. Being his only legal heir, I did further research, and the county tax records show a different owner for the property. Is there any legal recourse?
Under the laws of all states in this country there is a time limit for one to make a claim for an inheritance based upon statute of limitation grounds and the public policy to conclude matters.
Generally if there was a probate or intestate proceeding concerning one's estate, the time period to contest is one (1) year after the estate is closed. Otherwise, the time period to contest is usually in the four (4) to five (5) year period after death of the person that one is making a claim under.
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