Marriage, divorce, then death

My mom was married for 9 years.
They have now been divorced for 4
years. 2 days ago I heard that my
ex stepfather passed away from a
heart attack. Oh but my mom also
got a domestic violence charge
right before they divorced. Is she
at all entitled to any of the
property or wealth?

Asked on October 31, 2017 under Estate Planning, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If they were divorced as you indicate, she would only inherit if he had a will leaving something to her; when there is no will, a non-spouse or an ex-spouse has no right to inherit. The domestic violence charge is irrelevant to his issue.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.