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Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Collateral Relatives

Collateral Relatives

Explore the share of a decedent's property that various collateral relatives, such as parents, siblings, grandparents, and others, may receive under the laws of intestacy.


When a person dies without a will, his or her parents, siblings, grandparents, and other collateral relatives may inherit a share of the intestate estate. You’ve already learned about the intestate share that a surviving spouse and any descendants may receive. Today, you’ll be learning about the share that a collateral relative may receive under the law of intestacy.

To start off our discussion, we’ll define who may be a collateral relative, covering issues such as half bloods, deserting...