Question Details: I was assisting an uncle when he was hospitalized. He has since died without a will. He was unmarried without children and his siblings want me to handle his affairs. I need to clear and clean his rented apartment by the end of January and also see to his small estate issues. Where do I start? I receive Social Security benefits and cannot afford to pay a lawyer.
Contact the probate court, explain your relationship, and state you want to be appointed to the role. If none of the "closer" relatives (e.g. his children or his siblings, who are all a degree "closer" to him in relationship than you are) object, the court will very likely appoint you. The clerk's office can provide or point you to instructions on how to do this.
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