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When There Is No One To Inherit

Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:39 pm

What happens to a person's stuff when they die and there is no will, nor any close family that could become the person's heirs?
 
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RE: When There Is No One To Inherit

Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:44 pm

At least in the States it depends on individual state laws. Here in SC for instance the law's set as follows if a person dies intestate with no spouse.

1) To the issue of the decedent
2) If there is no surviving issue, to his/her parents
3) If there is no surviving issue or parent to the issue of the parents
4) Grandparents or issue of grandparents
5) Great-grandparents or issue of great-grandparents
6) Stepchildren or issue of stepchildren
7) State assumes estate

As you can say, it's HIGHLY unlikely that there won't be at least one survivor in there somewhere to inherit. But if everyone eligible to inherit from you were to pre-decease you, then South Carolina gets your estate.
South Carolina - too small to be its own country, too big to be a mental asylum.

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