My condolences to you and your family.Thank you.If a lawyer will be involved in settling the estate, you can ask him what will happen. I suspect some assets will be protected. Are you the executor for the estate?He didn't leave a will, so we're just sort of winging it as far as his "estate" is concerned. I have no idea who the executor would be in the event that no will exists. I assumed my mother would be the executrix.