If one of my parents just passed away and I’m their only child, am I entitled to half of the money from their estate?

If so, how do I make sure I get my half?

Asked on November 4, 2014 under Estate Planning, North Carolina


Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If there was a will, your parent's estate will pass according to its terms.  If there was no will and if your deceased parent was still married to your other parent, that spouse will generally inherit everything.  If your parents were divorced, you may be entitled to all or part of the estate, again depending on the intestacy laws of your state.

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