person dies without a will

what happens to a person’s estate if there is no will

Asked on May 17, 2009 under Estate Planning, New Jersey


J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

A will speaks at the time of death.  If someone passes away without a will, their assests are distributed according to their blood line (property passes down the line).  For instance, if a father dies without a will and his wife is not alive, his assest go to his kids in equal shares.  Depending on the size of the estate, this can get complicated, but is generally resolved by the probate courts.

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