What Happens to My Probate Property if I Die Without a Will?
Without a will, state law will determine what happens to your property that goes through the probate courts. This process is referred to as “intestate succession.” Your property will NOT pass to the state; instead, the law directs it to pass to your next of kin as illustrated in the chart below.
In Massachusetts, consult Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 190B, Article II, Section 2-102 for a more detailed explanation of who in your family will inherit your probate property.
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