Who has inheritance rights if someone dies without a Will?
Question Details: My father's sister-in-law has died leaving behind property without a Will that was transferred over to her after his brother, our uncle, died. My aunt has no surviving spouse, grandparents, parents, siblings or children. My father has no surviving siblings. In this case, do us nieces and nephews have inheritance rights? If so, how would we prove we are my aunt's surviving, paternal nieces and nephews?
No, in-laws only inherit if there is a will leaving something to them; only blood and adopted relations inherit when there is no will, under what is called the rules for "intestate succession" which set forth who inherits what when there is not will. Her estate will go to yet-more distant relatives (e.g. 2nd cousins or 2nd cousins removed) or, if there are no even distant relatives, will "escheat" or go to the state.
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