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What happens when a beneficiary dies on a will
my father was on a will put passed before my
Asked on August 13, 2019 under Estate Planning, Ohio
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 1 year ago | Contributor
It depends on what the will said. The will could have been written so that the descendents (children, grandchildren, etc.) of the beneficiary will inherit if the beneficiary passed way before the "testator" (person making the will)--in that case, it will often say that the beneficiary's share was left to him "per stirpes," which means that if he passes away, his own heirs and beneficiaries will split his share. Or the will can be written so that if a beneficiary predeceases (dies before) the testator, their share goes to someone else, such as another beneficiary or a charity. It depends entirely on what the will says.
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