What happens to a deceased beneficiary's inheritance?
Question Details: A father passed away and left all of his property, including a house, to 5 relatives in his Will. A year later, 1 of the 5 people passed away before the house was sold. The person who passed also had a Will leaving all of his assets to his brother. Do the house proceeds go to the remaining 4 relatives of the father or does the deceased beneficiary's portion go into his estate (I.e. his brother)? In other words does their estate maintain his rights to what the father's Will stated that he get a portion of the house?
Because the beneficiary died a year after the father (rather than dying before, or "predeceasing," him), he--or more properly, his estate--is entitled to his share. By outliving the father, he inherited, so now that he has passed, his share will go to his own heirs and beneficiaries.
So long as a beneficiary outlives the person from whom they are inheriting, then the beneficiary's estate is entitled to their share.
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