Do step-grandchildren have inheritance rights?

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Do step-grandchildren have inheritance rights?

My step-grandfather passed away; he was married to my grandmother who died a little over 2 years ago. My brothers land I lived with my step-grandfather basically our entire lives. Anyway, his side of the family is in the process of trying to get administration of estate seeing as how there is no Will. My 3 brothers and I were beneficiaries on his life insurance. Do we have any rights even though we are considered “step-grandchildren”? He had no children of his own, just siblings.

Asked on August 22, 2013 under Estate Planning, New York

Answers:

Nathan Wagner / Law Office of Nathan Wagner

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Because you and your brothers were beneficiaries of the life insurance, then you should receive the life insurance proceeds. However, you would not inherit your step-grandfather's other assets. Those other assets would pass according to the laws of intestacy to his side of the family. 


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