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Q: A man dies , his living relatives are a half sister, two nephews and three nieces . how would his estate be divided

He had a will which was written on and crossed over on several passages

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Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst
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  • Crossville, TN

A: If the will is found by the probate court to be valid, then it will determine who inherits.

If the will is invalidated by the probate court, then the answer depends on which state's law applies. The laws of intestate succession (what happens when one dies without a will) vary by state. You should repost your question and identify where the man lived before he passed.

As a general rule, however, in most states half siblings are treated the same as whole siblings and have priority over nieces and nephews, so most likely the half sister would inherit 100%.

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