When a person dies without a will, he is said to have “died intestate.” In these circumstances, the American intestacy laws, or default inheritance laws, govern the distribution of your estate. These laws vary from state to state.
Generally, if you die without a will and leave behind a spouse and children, your assets will be divided between your surviving spouse and children. If you die married without any children, your wife may inherit the entire estate. Your parents in most states will not inherit if you have surviving children. If you die single, with no children, then the state will decide who among your blood relatives will inherit your estate.
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