If my great-grandparents recently pasted away without a Will, who is entitled to inherit?

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If my great-grandparents recently pasted away without a Will, who is entitled to inherit?

They had 1 living child and 3 grandchildren from 1 of their deceased children. If there was not a Will, do the grandchildren have any rights to the house and land that belonged to my great-grandparents or would it leagally be the only kids rights to it?

Asked on January 6, 2016 under Estate Planning, Alabama

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Sorry to hear about your great grandparents.
Since they died intestate (without a Will), the rules of intestate succession determine inheritance.
Under intestate succession, the estate would be divided as follows:  the surviving child receives one half; the three grandchildren each receive the share their deceased parent would have received had the deceased parent survived.  Therefore, the three grandchildren each receive 1/6 because 1/6 + 1/6+ 1/6 = 3/6 = 1/2 which represents the 1/2 of the estate their deceased parent would have received had the deceased parent survived.


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