Is it possible for a non-US citizen to inherit an estate in the US left to that person by a US citizen?

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Is it possible for a non-US citizen to inherit an estate in the US left to that person by a US citizen?

Asked on January 13, 2012 under Estate Planning, New York

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Citizenship has nothing at all to do with inheriting from a person.  In other words, the law can not limit a persons ability to bequeath  - give - their assets to another just becuase they are not a citizen of the same country.  It does make it a bit harder to administer the estate and there may be tax ramifications on both ends but that would not limit your ability to inherit.  Good luck.


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