If I am an only adult child and my father died with no Will so my mother says she gets everything, is this true?

Does she not have to share my father’s life insurance or things she paid off with it?My mother told me my father didn’t want me to have anything.

Asked on September 4, 2012 under Estate Planning, Georgia


Catherine Blackburn / Blackburn Law Firm

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am sorry to say it, but your mother may be correct.  Life insurance is a contract.  If your mother was named as the beneficiary of life insurance, the money is hers and she can do what she wishes with it.  In some states, including Florida, a spouse can inherit everything when her husband dies without a will and the only child is their joint child. 

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