My Loved One Passed Away Without a Will – Now What?


October 9, 2017

If you have been tasked with settling the estate of deceased loved one who has not left a will, you probably have several questions about how their estate will be distributed. When someone passes away without having created a last will and testament during their lifetime, their assets and property are distributed in probate court according to intestate succession laws. Under intestacy, after all debts and court fees have been settled, the decedent’s property, possessions, bank accounts, and other assets will be distributed to their closest living relatives according to a state-established hierarchy.

While there is no clear way to predict exactly how assets will be divided by the state, common outcomes are as follows: