If a single person dies without a Will but has one surviving parent, how is their estate distributed?

They have no children, spouse (or even ex-spouse).

Asked on July 23, 2012 under Estate Planning, South Carolina


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The rules of intestate succession determine inheritance in the situation you described.  Intestate means dying without a Will. 

Since there is no surviving spouse and no children, the surviving parent inherits the single person's entire estate.  If there had not been a surviving parent, then the estate would have been divided equally among the siblings of the single person

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