If there was no Will and there was a 3rd marriage, do the biological children have a leg to stand on for some inheritance?

What do they need to do to get the information needed?

Asked on October 30, 2015 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania


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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

If there isn't any Will, the rules of intestate succession determine inheritance.  Intestate means dying without a Will.  
Under intestate succession, the surviving spouse inherits the entire estate.  The children don't inherit anything.  
If there had not been a surviving spouse, the father's estate would have been divided equally among the children.

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