Q: Intestate, spouse deceased, without living parents or siblings, natural, half or adopted, but surviving 1st cousins?
Do the cousins have any claim on the intestate’s estate? Intestate residency is NV and cousins in NC and MD.
A: The cousins have a claim if they are blood relatives which means that there is a common ancestor of the cousin and the deceased. I think under a strict definition of cousins, they are always blood relatives, but with divorces and blended families the term cousin may be used loosely.
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