What happens if someone dies in Florida without a will?
Distributing a Florida Estate without a Will for Guidance
In cases in which the deceased has a living spouse but no descendants, the spouse will be entitled to 100% of the estate.
Where there is no will and the living spouse has descendants who are also descendants of the deceased, the living spouse will still be entitled to 100% of the estate. Now, suppose the deceased had descendants but were not descendants of the living spouse. In cases such as this, the living spouse would be entitled to 50% of the probate estate and the deceased's descendants would equally share the remainder of the estate.
When the individual dies without a will and there is no living spouse but there are descendants, equal shares of the estate will be split up amongst them. Any children of a deceased child will get the share that was entitled to the deceased parent.
If the deceased was not married and had no descendants, the estate will be distributed to the decedent's grandparents (who are very likely deceased) and then down to the issue (children) of those grandparents. It can get quite complicated You may have heard the phrase "laughing heirs," which refers to relatives of a deceased person who inherit assets from someone they never knew personally.
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