DEAR BOB: My aunt passed away. I am her beneficiary on her insurance policies. But she didn't leave a will. She owned a house. I am her only living relative. Is the house mine? It has a VA mortgage – Cindy B. DEAR CINDY: The fact your late aunt named you as beneficiary on her insurance policies is irrelevant. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Because your aunt died without a will, the state law of intestate succession where she resided determines who will receive her assets. This sad situation would not have occurred if she had a will or, better yet, a living trust to avoid probate costs and delays. As your late aunt's only living relative, you probably will receive title to her house. However, a probate court proceeding will be required. You should consult a local probate att...
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