Okay, this is posting from another legal site in which the Op thinks they are intitled to half of the marital property after his mothers death. I'd would Appreciation your input My mother died in Wisconsin without a will in 2005. Her husband and she were married 20 years and owned a house jointly. Recently, I was informed she left me $5000 which I have not yet received. My concern is that she died in a nursing home and her husband is not on the death certificate. Her husband is 20 years younger. He still owns the home and I'm sure when I'm able to locate him he'll forward me the $5000. My question is am I entitled to anything else? I believe my mother's net worth was $150,000, perhaps more. I understand that this money since earned during the marriage is community property. However, it seems I read somewhere that children get half of the community property upon death of parent. If this is so, how should I proceed in an amicable manner without a lawyer at first then with a lawyer if an agreement cannot be had? Finally, she died in 2005. Is there a statue of limitations at work here?