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Old 02-24-2014, 10:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Husband, Deceased w/ NO WILL

Can anyone fill me in on, or point me to where I can find out about, the legal rights of a surviving spouse where the deceased did not have a will? My step-father passed away, did not have a will, and my mother was his wife when he passed. Both were residents of the state of Washington(US).
She is concerned about my step-father's sisters and his children attempting to make claims to his/their properties, investments, etc. Thanks.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When someone dies without a will they die in what is known as intestacy. Each state has their own rules, but typically a spouse will get half or all of the assets and the rest will be spread among the Children. I do not know Washington's intestate succession rules, but you can contact a lawyer in Washington to help you figure it out.

Here is an article explaining intestate succession for your review. http://www.legalmatch.com/law-librar...te-estate.html

I believe Washington is a community property state therefore she would actually inherit everything, but again check with a Washington Lawyer and fill out the appropriate paperwork.
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When someone dies without a will they die in what is known as intestacy. Each state has their own rules, but typically a spouse will get half or all of the assets and the rest will be spread among the Children. I do not know Washington's intestate succession rules, but you can contact a lawyer in Washington to help you figure it out.

Here is an article explaining intestate succession for your review. http://www.legalmatch.com/law-librar...te-estate.html

I believe Washington is a community property state therefore she would actually inherit everything, but again check with a Washington Lawyer and fill out the appropriate paperwork.
thank you for the info & the link.
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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No problem happy to help this is a great board for preliminary legal information.
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