What direction should I go in not to be removed as heir to my grandmother’s esate?

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What direction should I go in not to be removed as heir to my grandmother’s esate?

My cousin is trying to remove me and two brothers as heirs to my grandmother estate. She did not leave a will when she passed away. There is a court hearing coming up. I read her affidavit and there are many things I can prove that are wrong. She states I am not a blood relative.

Asked on October 12, 2018 under Estate Planning, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

If there is no will, then the estate will be distributed according to the rules for "intestate succession"--who gets what when there is no will. What you need to do is prove that you fall under those rules and so should inherit. That may mean, for example, proving your relationship (e.g. by birth certificates; by having relatives come and testify as to how you are related; etc.) in order to qualify.


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