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What is a Heir and or Beneficiary?

A. If you are a deceased person’s spouse, child, grandchild, great-grandchild, (whether natural or legally adopted), parent, brother or sister, niece or nephew of whatever degree, grandparent, or descendant of a mutual grandparent of the deceased person, you may be considered a heir under state law. This means you may be entitled to a portion of the estate if the person died without leaving a valid will (intestate).

Further, if the deceased person died leaving a valid will (testate) and named you as a beneficiary in the will, regardless of your relationship to the deceased, you may be entitled to a portion of the estate or a designated item from it, depending on the provisions of the will.

In either of these cases, the estate would not normally be administered by the state. It is your responsibility, as the heir or beneficiary under the will, to take the necessary actions.