If I recently lost my wife to sudden illness and she is listed as a beneficiary in her mother’s Will, am I now entitled to my wife’s share?

My wife and I had no children. My wife’s mother is still living and my wife and her 2 siblings are named as beneficiaries in my mother-in-law’s Will. Does my wife’s share of her mother’s estate pass to me or will it be divided among her 2 siblings?

Asked on September 29, 2014 under Estate Planning, Georgia


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

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Sorry to hear about your wife.

Since you were not listed as a beneficiary in your mother-in-law's Will, you won't inherit your wife's share.  Your wife's share will be part of your mother-in-law's estate and will be divided among your wife's siblings and any other beneficiaries named in the Will.

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