Question about foreign real estate held by deceased when no there was no will or direct descendants.

My aunt lived in California. After she passed away, we found out she owned a vacant lot in Canada. She was born in Canada, and is buried there. She was not married and had no children. All of her brothers and sisters have also passed. What is required in order for her Next of Kin (nieces and nephews) to sell the lot and divide the proceeds. She did not leave a will. Is it necessary to involve lawyers in the US, or can this be handled locally in Canada?


Asked over 4 years ago in Orange county, California
Categories: Wills, Estates, Trusts

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Zaher Fallahi

Answer by Zaher Fallahi

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I t seems like that you need an adviser in Canada to assist with claiming the inheritance under the local law, sale and transfer of the proceeds to the US, if that is the plan. Depending on the size of her estate, and whether she was a US person, you could use a US tax attorney with the US taxation aspect of it.  You did not give complete information. This is my tax season  and I have to go. Good luck. Zaher Fallahi, Esq, CPA.

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