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Intestacy and the distribution of property

If you have recently lost a loved one, you may be experiencing a wide range of challenges. For example, you may have significant emotional pain after the death of your parent, or you could be experiencing financial challenges after losing a spouse. If your loved one did not have a will, you may be unsure of how their property will be distributed. At the law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., our law firm knows how difficult these matters can be for families in Jamaica, and all over the state of New York.

According to the New York Unified Court System, property is distributed in different ways when people die without wills. If someone who does not have a marital partnner passes away without a will, all of their property will be given to their children. On the other hand, parents will inherit property that belonged to children who did not have any kids or a spouse at the time of their death, provided no will was in place. If a married couple does not have kids together, one spouse will inherit his or her partner's property after they have died without a will. In some cases, a person is even able to inherit property that belonged to their sibling, if their sister or brother had no will.

Although losing a family member can be very upsetting, you should try to avoid additional hardships by handling any estate issues properly. If you visit our page on estate administration, you can read additional information concerning people who have passed away and did not have a will.

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