Dear Len & Rosie,

My father passed away without a will. He had been married to his second wife for almost seven years. The house they lived in together belonged to his second wife long before they married, but my father had a retirement account and some other small assets. What happens to his assets now? Does everything go to his wife or are his three adult children entitled to anything? His wife has always been very nice, but this is an awkward subject and none of his children want to cause a problem.