Q: My husband died 3 years ago and his father just died last month. Am I entitled to his 1/3 of his father's estate?
There was no will and his father lived in Arizona. We also have 3 adult children and 1 minor child. Does this change anything? Are our sons still his grandchildren and receive their dad's portion of the estate? I was my husband next of kin.
A: When someone dies without a will, they are said to die "intestate." When this happens Arizona's laws of intestacy dictate who will inherit that person's estate. Based on the limited information provided here, in the case of your former father-in-law, unless you bear some other relationship to him besides his former daughter-in-law, you would not be entitled to any portion of his estate. You may want to visit briefly with an attorney directly to confirm all of this.
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