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Q: Husband died with no will, and the wife died 2 months later without claiming anything, whose next of kin inherits what?

MASSACHUSETTS - Husband died without will and then his wife died 2 months later. The husband has no children and parents, only a sibling nor does the wife. Did the wife automatically get the inheritance, or did she need to follow a procedure to get it within some days? Does the inheritance belong to the sibling of the husband or the cousin of the wife? Because those are the surviving next of kin on both sides. Does it split? How does it work? Thank you!

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1 Lawyer Answer
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
  • Probate Lawyer
  • Woburn, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: Were they domiciled in Massachusetts ?Did the death of husband happen after March 2012? Neither had any children? A post March 2012 death brings the Massachusetts Probate Code into the response so that if husband had no children then surviving wife would take all if no Will.

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