If my mother dies without a Will, how are her assets divided?

Asked on December 24, 2017 under Estate Planning, Connecticut

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

When someone dies without a Will, they are said to have died "intestate". This means that an estate is distributed according to the intestacy law of the state that the deceased was domiciled in as of the date of their death. Typically, when a parent dies, their estate is divided 1/2-1/3 to the surviving spouse, if any, and the remainder to their children. You can check state law online under "intestate succession".


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