Although the definition of next of kin excludes spouses, most states allow a surviving spouse to be the first in line to inherit your estate. If someone is not married or divorced, or if their spouse has also died, the state determines the next of kin. The specific family order used in legal succession varies from state to state. If a person dies unmarried and childless, their surviving parents receive the estate. If there are no surviving relatives, the property is divided equally between siblings (including half-siblings). If one of the parents has died, the property is divided between the siblings and the surviving parent. If a single person dies without having drawn up a will and has no surviving parents, siblings or descendants of siblings, the property is divided equally between the paternal and maternal relatives. But if someone you love dies without a will, you may be wondering what will happen to their property. Under Florida`s probate laws, estates without a will follow the rules of “legal succession” and hand over the deceased`s assets to their heirs (sometimes called close relatives). Under Florida law, legal succession follows an organizational chart where assets are allocated based on the parties` relationship with the deceased. In the first place is the surviving spouse of the deceased, although the surviving spouse`s share depends on the existence and relationships of the descendants of the deceased at the time of death.

Many of our clients are surprised (and unhappy) when they discover that if the deceased had children from a previous marriage, the surviving spouse receives only half of the estate and all children receive the other half. In accordance with Section 732.103 of the Florida Statutes, the portion of the estate that does not pass to the surviving spouse (or to the entire estate if there is no surviving spouse) passes as follows: In complex family situations, adopted children are legally the easiest. Your assets will be divided among the people named in your will. But if a person dies without leaving a will, his property is divided according to his religion. Families often have household members who do not easily fit into a offspring category. Mixed families include children and siblings who are not biologically related and who live happily with a parent for years without ever entering into a legal relationship. When this happens, it often becomes an issue during the probate process in Florida as to who is considered an heir. In the case of a deceased woman who is unmarried, her property is divided only between her mother and father. If his father and mother are not alive, their property is divided between their legal heirs and their acquired property between the heirs of their mother and father. Simply put, if a female dies without leaving her will, her mother and father can claim her property after her death. If his father and mother are not alive, the heirs of his father and mother can claim the property.

If a deceased person was caring for other people`s children, it can lead to a situation where the family assumes that these children will inherit, when in fact they do not fit the list. This most often occurs in stepchildren who grew up in the deceased`s household. In other cases, a grandparent or close friend of the child`s parent may foster a child as a ward under formal or informal guardianship. An heir is defined as a person who has the legal right to inherit part or all of the estate of another person who dies without inheritance, meaning that the deceased person did not make a legal will during their life years. In such a scenario, the heir receives property in accordance with the laws of the state in which the property is examined. It is best to hire a professional lawyer to obtain this certificate of inheritance in order to claim your property. It is not mandatory to make a will, and many middle-class family members make a legal will during their lifetime. Not all heirs are beneficiaries, as in the case of a separated adult child who is intentionally excluded from a will.

Similarly, not all beneficiaries are heirs. For example, a person may designate a friend or companion to receive goods. In this case, the friend is not an heir because he would not be the recipient of the property if he were to leave intestate, because he is not a child or a direct relative of the deceased. However, this friend can be named as a beneficiary exactly as determined by the deceased`s will or other agreement. An heiress is often referred to as an heiress, especially if the inheritance involves significant assets. Heirs who inherit property are usually children, descendants or other close relatives of the deceased. Spouses are generally not legally considered heirs, as they are instead entitled to property under matrimonial or joint property laws. There are many special types of heirs, including: Often, the person who disputes a will is not listed as a beneficiary in the estate plan.

They can even be explicitly excluded. However, Florida`s Estates Act allows any “interested person” to file a petition to challenge a will. An interested person includes “any person who may reasonably be expected to be affected by the administration of the estate.” These include: The next of kin may need an affidavit from next of kin, a notarized document that identifies the heirs of the estate`s assets. Depending on the jurisdiction, this affidavit may be sufficient to legally transfer certain types of property to the heir. However, real estate usually requires additional documents to transfer ownership. If a loved one dies without a will, or if an estate plan excludes someone they shouldn`t, it may be helpful to consider a voluntary challenge. At Harrison Estate Law, PA, our experienced estate and probate team can help you investigate your loved one`s decisions and your legal relationship with the deceased to decide whether to challenge them. We help you make sure your family members are taken care of after the death of a loved one. Contact us here or call 352-559-9828 for help today. Inheritance laws vary depending on whether the person was single, married or had children. In most cases, the estate of a person who died without a will is divided between their heirs, who may be their surviving spouse, uncle, aunt, parents, nieces, nephews and distant relatives. However, if no parent shows up to claim their share of the property, the entire estate goes to the state.

If a person dies unmarried but has children, the property is divided equally among them. The proportion of deceased children (if any) is passed on to their children (the owner`s grandchildren). Many people think that estate and testamentary planning is reserved for the elite. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you have an asset (whether it`s a bike or a private plane), you need to make a will, period! Although today more people than ever realize the importance of making a will, many people still downplay the importance of writing a will. Have you ever wondered what happens to the estate of someone who dies without a will? We try to answer this question in this blog. Organize the funeral: Another responsibility of the next of kin is to make funeral arrangements. Hopefully this person has an idea of what their parent wanted (burial, cremation, etc.) and can follow their wishes. [Important: Traditionally, Jewish, Christian and Islamic laws each have their own customs with respect to heirs.] If you have a property, you can name your property to your family members, and they are entitled to it after your death.