My aunt passed away recently and left no will. She resided in Louisiana. How is her estate divided?

She lived in Louisiana, was never married, had no children, her parents are dead. She has one living sister and one deceased brother with 2 children. How is her estate divided?

Asked on March 16, 2012 under Estate Planning, Louisiana

Answers:

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

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Sorry to hear about your aunt.

Since she died without a Will, the rules of intestate succession determine inheritance.  Intestate means dying without a Will. 

Your aunt's estate would be divided as follows:  Her surviving sister would inherit one half of the estate.  The two surviving children of her deceased brother would inherit the remaining one half of the estate.  The sister receives one half.  Each of the two surviving children of your aunt's deceased brother receive 1/4.   (1/4 + 1/4 = 1/2).


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