If my godmother died, do I have a right to any of her assets she left behind?

Get Legal Help Today

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

If my godmother died, do I have a right to any of her assets she left behind?

She did not have a Will?

Asked on May 21, 2012 under Estate Planning, Michigan

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Sorry to hear about your godmother.

You probably won't be inheriting any of her assets because since she did not leave a Will, the rules of intestate succession determine inheritance.  Intestate means dying without a Will.

Under intestate succession, if your godmother had a surviving spouse, her entire estate would go to him.  If there is no surviving spouse, her children (biological and adopted) would divide her estate equally.  If there is a deceased child, who had children (your godmother's grandchildren), those grandchildren would inherit the share their deceased parent would have received.  If there are no surviving children, the estate would go to your godmother's parents.  If they have not survived, then the estate would go to your godmother's brothers and sisters and would be divided among them.  If there are no surviving siblings, the next of kin would inherit the estate.  If no next of kin, the estate escheats to the state.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

 Secured with SHA-256 Encryption