When a parent passes away, do the children automatically become heirs to the estate?

Asked on January 21, 2013 under Estate Planning, Arizona


Victor Waid / Law Office of Victor Waid

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Depends upon if there is a surviving parent and or whether the deceased left a will or trust designating the receiver of the assets of their estaste. If no surviving parent/ spouse, and no disposition documents changing the direction of the disbursement of the assets such as a will or trust, then the children of the deceased are the heirs of the deceased parent.

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