Newcastle, ME asked in Probate for Maine

Q: can legally married but long separated sister-in-law and adult grandchild get inheritance from mom's estate ?

My mom's Will states house/property to be divided equally between myself and 2 siblings. One sibling has deceased. The will states if a child predeceases my mother (which he did) their part will be equally divided between remaining siblings. My deceased sibling was separated many years but still legally married and also has grown son. His wife i think may try and get part of my mom's estate. She was never mentioned in the will and the adult grandchild was never mentioned in the will. Since she is still legally married to my deceased brother does she have any chance of getting anything from my mom's estate even though she was never mentioned in my mom's will and the adult grandchild was never mentioned in the will.

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Nina Whitehurst
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  • Crossville, TN

A: If your mom’s will truly was written the way you described it, no, the wife has no chance of inheriting.

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