My father, a UK Citizen who had been living in Malaysia since 1987 died late last year. His (3rd) wife, a Eurasian, has told a relative that he died without a Will and that, therefore, everything belongs to her now. My understanding is that is a non-Muslim dies without a Will the court divides the estate between immediate family. In this case, since my father's mother is still alive 1/4 would go to her, 1/4 to his wife, and 1/2 shared equally between his children (there are 4 of us, from 3 different mothers).
To complicate matters, my father, to my knowledge, never was granted Permanent Residence. As a result the three properties he purchased were put in his Malaysian wife's name.
My questions are:
1. How do I discover whether in fact my father had a Will (my stepmother refuses to talk to me)?;
2. If he died without a Will (intestate) how do I go about challenging her claim to sole ownership of all his assets?;
3. Are his real property holdings (held in her sole name) considered part of his estate since he purchased them with his money, or are they by law considered her sole property?;
4. Which law firm in Penang is recommended for me to deal with this?
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