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Is this a BENEFICIARY? (help please)

If someone's father pass's away unexpectedly and hasn't made out a will, Does somebody in the close/immediate family still become a beneficiary? Or can you only be titled a beneficiary if their was a will or life insurance policy? Also if the fathers son lives with him still and is 24 years old and their is nobody else in the close family, does the son automatically become responsible for his dad's financial debts and belongings?

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My dad died unexpectedly on June 4th, 2011. He did not have a will, or a life insurance policy. I am his oldest child, & I have a younger brother. I automatically became his beneficiary. I chose to do everything with my brother. Now if your friends dad only had the one child, and is not married, then the 24 year old son automatically becomes the beneficiary. If there are a lot of creditors that are going to demand money, then the best thing to do is open a probate case. That way any thing that is sold automatically goes into the probate account. Once all of the creditors have been satisfied, the 24 year old son gets any remaining money. (Let me be clear here. The son is not responsible for any of the debt that his dad owes. That is why he opens the probate case. The son will not have to pay anything out of his pocket to the creditors. The only thing he may have to pay for is opening the probate case. If he so chooses, he can hire an estate attorney.)

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If the man dies intestate (without a will) the state will decide the beneficiaries. Usually everything after debts, etc is divided among wife and children

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so his debt does become the sons problem ? if the deceased doesn't have a wife or any other children besides the one son?
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Everything becomes the sons problem/ benefit if he is the only relative unless he can show proof that they've been estranged. (Been there)
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Amend that to debts come first in settlement of estate
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Technically, his family are heirs, not beneficiaries. A beneficiary is someone who is designated to receive certain benefits, such as an insurance payout or the money on a trust.

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