Q: If there is unclaimed death benefits from my grandparents who died 28 years ago is it hard to claim
I am the only child of their only child and they have no siblings left alive. My father who was their only child died 20 years ago. They had no will.
Your question is not specific enough to answer. What are “death benefits?” Is this life insurance, real estate, etc.?
As a general proposition, a portion of estate assets would ordinarily go from one grandparent to the other and a portion would have gone to your dad, unless your grandparents died at the same time. In that event they would have all gone to your dad. Upon the second grandparent to die, all the assets would have gone to your dad. Upon your dad’s passing, everything would have gone to you.
For you to now assert a claim, you would have to open estates for each grandparent plus your dad. This gets fairly expensive, so you would have to decide if the value of the claim is worth it. To give you more specific information from here, a lawyer would have to know more about the assets being claimed and where they are located.
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