Dying Intestate Connecticut

Married with no children
1)If there is no surviving child or parent of the deceased, the surviving spouse receives the entire intestate estate.
2) If there is no surviving child but the decedent is survived by parents, the surviving spouse receives the first $100,000 plus three quarters of the balance of the intestate estate.
3) If there are surviving issue of the decedent all of whom are also issue of the surviving spouse, the surviving spouse receives the first $100,000 plus one half of the balance of the intestate estate.
4) If there are surviving issue of the decedent one or more of whom are not issue of the surviving spouse, the surviving spouse receives one half of the intestate estate.
Married with child or children
After distribution has been made of the intestate estate to the surviving spouse, the balance of the estate should be distributed among the children and the legal representatives of any of them who may be dead. Children who have received estate by advancement of the intestate in the deceased’s lifetime will have only so much of the estate as will, together with that advancement, make their share equal to what they would have been entitled to receive had no such advancement been made.
Order of estate distribution if no spouse survives or the deceased was single but there are other relatives
1) parents of the deceased
2) brothers and sisters of the deceased and those who legally represent them (i.e. their children)
3) next of kin in equal degree
4) stepchildren and those who legally represent them
No surviving relatives
The estate passes to the state of Connecticut.
State link
http://tinyurl.com/37vnhq
Special notes
One you click on the link and go to Connecticut statutes, search for Chapter 802b Decedents’ Estates, Sec. 45a-437.

5 thoughts on “Dying Intestate Connecticut

  1. maureenclffford

    my husbands father passed 2 yrs ago he married my mother in law after divorcing my husbands mom he is the only child they had no children to gether now my mother in law died intestate does my husband her step child inherit being that she had no kids

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    1. Kathy Lane

      What state did your mother-in-law die in? To my knowledge, the only state giving steps children any inheritance rights when someone dies intestate is Florida.

      If she died in any other state, intestate laws do not generally provide any inheritance rights to step children.

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  2. Debbie Ann

    If the person who died without a will was never married, but has children with more than one woman, who is in charge of the estate? Is it the decedents parent(s)? Children? Siblings? What if some children are minors, but other children of the decedent are not?

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    1. Minna Vallentine Post author

      Every state has very specific intestate laws. You will need to check the state statutes for the state in which the person died intestate (without a will) to find out what needs to be done and by whom.

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      1. Debbie Ann

        He died in Connecticut. I think the law says that his parents would be first. Only his mother is alive. He has four siblings, and four children by three different women. One of the three children is a minor. I know the oldest son removed his houselhold items.

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