Dying Intestate Utah

Married with no children
The surviving spouse inherits the entire estate.
Married with child or children
1) If the deceased has no children from any other spouse, other than the one who survives that spouse, the entire estate goes to the surviving spouse.
2) If one of the decedent’s descendants is not also a descendant of the surviving spouse, the surviving spouse gets $50,000 plus one half of the estate balance.
Order of estate distribution if spouse survives
1) Decedent’s descendants
2) Decedent’s parents
3) Descendant of a parent
4) Grandparents or descendants of grandparents
No spouse survives but there are other relatives
1) Decedent’s descendants
2) Decedent’s parents
3) Descendant of a parent
4) Grandparents or descendants of grandparents
Order of estate distribution if decedent not married, widow or widower
1) Decedent’s descendants
2) Decedent’s parents
3) Descendant of a parent
4) Grandparents or descendants of grandparents
No surviving relatives
The estate goes to the state of Utah for the benefit of the state school fund.
State link

Look for section 75-2-101 of the Utah statutes for intestate succession.

Other links
None
Special notes
An heir who fails to survive the decedent by at least 120 hours is considered to have predeceased the decedent for purposes of intestate succession.

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