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Wills, Trusts, and Estates



Begin learning about what happens when a person dies without a will with this overview of the laws of intestacy, distribution of the intestate estate, and who may inherit.


When a person dies, what happens to his or her money and property? Without a will, a decedent’s money and property – or estate – are distributed to surviving heirs under the law of intestacy. Today, you’ll be learning about the distribution of an intestate estate, including what may comprise, and who may inherit, a share of that estate.

To start off our discussion, we’ll take a look at what comprises an intestate estate. After that, we’ll take a look at who may inherit as an heir under the...