Do I have any claims to my late paternal grandmother’s estate?

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Do I have any claims to my late paternal grandmother’s estate?

My father is deceased and my grandmother did not have a Will. The only other relative was her nephew by marriage and he took over the entire estate.

Asked on January 16, 2015 under Estate Planning, Texas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

When somone dies without a Will they are said to have died "intestate". In such a case, the intestacy (or succession) laws of the state in which they were domiciled as of the date of their death will control. Typically, a person's estate is divided between the surviving spouse and the deceadent's children. If there are none, then the heirs (i.e. the family members who inherit) are the grandchildren.

At this point, you should consult with the appropriate probate court or a local probate attorney as to your rights.


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