What happens if you die without a will?

What happens if you die without a will?

 

Dying without a will is also known as dying “intestate.”  If this happens, the intestacy laws of the state you live in will enforce the distribution of your property to your next-of-kin.

In Pennsylvania, this means your spouse will inherit and share your estate with your children or, if you have no children but have a living parent or parents, will share with your parents.  If you are not married and do not have children or living parents, the law begins to expand its list of heirs to siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and cousins’ children.  If you die without any of these living relatives, your entire estate will become property of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

 

 

This information has been prepared for general knowledge purposes and is not intended to serve as legal advice.