Let’s take our simple family tree and put names on it, to make it easier to follow.
- Abby, a widow, died in Florida, without a will.
- Abby had two children, Bob and Carol.
- Bob is still alive.
- Carol died before Abby.
- Bob had two children, Deb and Ed, who are both still alive.
- Carol had two children, Fran and Greg, who are both still alive.
Who Gets What
- Bob: 1/2 (50%)
- Fran: 1/4 (25%)
- Greg: 1/4 (25%)
- Deb: 0
- Ed: 0
If Carol were still alive, she and Bob would each inherit half of Abby’s estate.
Bob gets his half, because he is still alive. Deb and Ed get nothing.
Fran and Greg split Carol’s half.
Many more examples of who gets what, in different situations, can be found here.