Is an heir the same as a benefciairy?


Asked on January 21, 2018 under Estate Planning, Connecticut


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

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

While both heirs and beneficiaries inherit when a person dies, they are not one in the same. A beneficiary is a person who is listed in a Will and is entitled their share of distributed estate assets. An heir inherits under the laws of "succession" when there is no Will; they are the legal next of kin of the deceased.

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