If a beneficiary under a Will dies before the Will is probated, what happens to their inheritance?

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If a woman makes a Will that splits the estate equally between 2 brothers. The older brother becomes the trustee of the estate on her death, but in 3 years time never probates the Will or provides any accounting of what the estate is comprised of. He then dies. The surviving brother then becomes the trustee and he probates the Will. Does he then inherit the whole estate, or is it still split in half and his dead brother's half goes into his estate (even though the will was never probated during his life time?)

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