Frequently Asked Questions

Q: My husband passed away recently without a will and no executor. What happens now?

There are rules laid down by law about how assets are to be distributed when there is no will. Briefly, a surviving spouse (this includes a domestic partner) receives the whole estate if there are no children or the children are those of the spouse. However, if there are children of another relationship, for example children of an ex-spouse or ex-domestic partner, the estate is divided according to a formula between the spouse and all children. If there is no legal spouse or domestic partner or direct descendants, the deceased's parents receive the whole estate, otherwise it goes to brothers and sisters or other relatives up to and including first cousins. If there are no relatives entitled, the estate goes to the State Government.


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