When a parent of adult children dies, and there is no will, and there is only $1,000 in cash what will happen to that amount? 16 Answers as of April 15, 2014

There are no real estate and only personal property. Does the $1,000 go toward the funeral of the deceased parent or is it split among the adult children?

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Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
The estate of the decedent, regardless of its size, is first liable for the debts of the decedent and then divisible among the heirs.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/15/2014
O'Keefe Legal Services, L.L.C.
O'Keefe Legal Services, L.L.C. | Sean P. O'Keefe
In Maryland, the answer to your questions depends on many factors such as the probate fee, the funeral and any other estate expenses, and whether there is a surviving spouse, a claim(s) against the estate, etc. The $1,000 cash will likely pay the probate fee and funeral expenses.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 4/15/2014
Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
You can access the funds by using a Small Estate Affidavit. You can get together and agree on the division and use.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/14/2014
Goldsmith & Guymon
Goldsmith & Guymon | Dara Goldsmith
Burial and then last illness expenses are the first priority so the $1000 goes to the funeral expense.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 4/14/2014
Law Office Of Victor Waid
Law Office Of Victor Waid | Victor Waid
Should go to the funeral expenses.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/14/2014
    Frederick & Frederick PLC | James P Frederick
    It depends. There are a number of possible outcomes depending on what the assets are and how things were set up. There may be recourse through probate or not. Much depends on facts that are not present in your summary. Your best bet is to contact a probate attorney and share all of the facts of your situation to determine how best to proceed.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/14/2014
    Law Office of Pamela Braynon | Pamela Y. Braynon
    More than likely it will. If by chance the parent has insurance, the $1,000 will be divided evenly amongst her children, if there is no spouse.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 4/14/2014
    Peters Law, PLLC
    Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
    Bills are paid first, then money distributed.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 4/14/2014
    Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C.
    Minor, Bandonis and Haggerty, P.C. | Brian Haggerty
    It should pay for the funeral and for any bills remaining.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 4/14/2014
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    The answer would determined on the actual circumstances, but if the thousand dollars was cash in possession of the now deceased parent it would be property of their estate and go towards the expenses and obligations of the deceased individual. Those could include funeral expenses.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/14/2014
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    Funeral and medical bills are paid first before any beneficiary receives any distribution.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 4/14/2014
    Sebby Law Office
    Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
    Any assets must first be applied to pay off the debts and taxes the deceased owed at the time of death. If there is anything left after that, state intestacy laws determine who inherits usually surviving spouse first, then biological and adopted children.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 4/14/2014
    James Law Group
    James Law Group | Christine James
    To pay debts first. The funeral would be a priority debt, so it needs to go to pay that debt.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/14/2014
    Kokish & Goldmanis, P.C.
    Kokish & Goldmanis, P.C. | Bernard H. Greenberg
    Contact the Public Administrator for the County where your parent died for assistance.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 4/14/2014
    Ashcraft & Ashcraft, Ltd.
    Ashcraft & Ashcraft, Ltd. | Randall C. Romei
    The debts of the decedent's estate must be paid before any distribution of assets can be made to the heirs.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 4/14/2014
    Estrada Law P.C. | Michele Ungvarsky
    All expenses of the estate and funeral expenses are paid prior to any distribution of assets.
    Answer Applies to: New Mexico
    Replied: 4/14/2014
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