From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My entire life, I have lived in Gloucester County, New Jersey. My parents also lived in Gloucester City. My father died two years ago, and my mother passed away last week. I was an only child, everything in my mothers Will was left to me, and I am executor. Do I need to probate her will or open an estate? Her only assets were our family home valued at $600,000 and her car.
The short answer is no, you can not transfer the deed without going through probate. In New Jersey, there are only a few cases where there is no need to probate a will. The two most common situations are:
when a person dies with no individually held assets or
an individual dies with no assets whatsoever.