Does the State Take Everything if I Die Without a Will?

by | May 10, 2019 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

When a person passes away without a Will, does the state take everything he owned?

No, except in the most unusual circumstances.

But the state will essentially dictate which family members are to inherit the property and possessions of the person who passed away.

Priority in the inheritance goes first to the surviving spouse, if there is one. If there is no surviving spouse, then the children of the decedent have the next claim. If there are no surviving children, then it goes to parents. Then to surviving brothers and sisters. And on down the family tree until some living relative is found.

Only if there are absolutely no living relatives – whether closely related or more distantly so – does the state take the property and possessions of the person who passed away.

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Daniel Patchin

Benjamin Monaghan, Attorney

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