Majors Law Firm, P.C. | M. Jason Majors
The decedent's estate would be distributed pursuant to intestate succession. Each state has laws which provide how the estate will be distributed, typically to the next of kin. The beneficiaries may include the spouse, children, parents, or a combination thereof, depending upon the circumstances.
Answer Applies to: Wyoming
Law Offices of Mark Lewis & Associates, PC | Andrew C. Spitler
The person's assets will pass under Arizona's statutes for intestacy (for those who leave no will). The statutes provide that all of the decedent's property will pass to a surviving spouse if there are no children, or if all of the children of the decedent are also children of the surviving spouse. If there are children from someone other than the surviving spouse then the distribution is changed giving those children a share of the estate. If there is no surviving spouse, the children of the decedent would inherit. If there are also no children, then the parents of the decedent and their descendants inherit, but exactly who and in what amount depends on how far you need to go to find an heir.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Law Offices of Brian Chew | Brian Chew
If a person dies without a will, their estate will be subject to the laws of intestacy (and if the estate has assets valued at more than $100,000 the estate will be subject to probate) whereby the surviving spouse typically gets the estate, followed by any living children, then parents, then brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and so on.
Answer Applies to: California
Apple Law Firm PLLC | David Goldman
If the person does not have a previous will, then they die intestate and the state statutes define who receives his property. Generally it will go to spouse and or children then to parents then to siblings then to nephews and nieces.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Law Office of Richard B. Kell | Richard B. Kell
A person who dies without a valid Will is said to be "intestate," and their estate must be probated according to the laws of "intestate succession," which may vary from the desired terms of the (uncompleted) Will. Regardless, you will still need to probate the decedent's estate. And you may want to seek the assistance of a probate attorney for that.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts