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Assuming that you grandfather’s handwritten will does not meet the above guidelines, then you grandfather passed away in essence without a will and is “intestate”. The laws of intestacy for the state of New York will determine the distribution of his estate. Without getting in to too much detail, if your grandfather is survived by a spouse as well as descendants, then the spouse inherits the first $50,000 plus one-half of the remaining property, and the descendants inherit the rest.
Probate in New York is a fairly complicated process. It would be beneficial to retain the services of an elder law attorney to help navigate the maze.