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    Default Dying With No Will

    My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: Kansas

    I have a dear friend of 20 + years. He is over 60 and not always in such good health. The man has lots of stuff, antiques, stocks and bonds, cars, land, houses and livestock. If he were to die tomorro (dont want that to happen) what would happen to his stuff with no will? He is pretty much estranged from his daughter that lives closer than his son in PA. He is an only child so no brothers or sisters, mother and father both deceased and a couple of elderly aunts in KY. I have been telling him HE NEEDS A WILL or the state gets to decide. Am I right on this?

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    Default Re: Dying With No Will

    With no will, his estate will be distributed in accord with the Kansas laws of intestate succession.
    Quote Quoting Kansas Intestate Succession Laws
    If any part of a Kansas decedent's estate is not effectively disposed of by will, the intestate share will be distributed in the following order and manner:

    1. Surviving spouse. A surviving spouse is generally first in line to get any assets from the intestate estate. However, the amount a surviving spouse is entitled to varies as follows:
    • A surviving spouse is entitled to the entire intestate estate if the decedent leaves no surviving children or issue of a previously deceased child.
    • If the decedent is survived by children or the issue of a previously deceased child, the surviving spouse is entitled to one-half of the value of the intestate estate.

    2. Heirs other than surviving spouse. Any part of the intestate estate not passing to the surviving spouse as indicated above, or the entire intestate estate if there is no surviving spouse, passes as follows to:
    A. Decedent's children, with the issue of a deceased child splitting the deceased child's share.
    B. Decedent's parent or parents equally.
    C. Heirs of decedent's parents, as if each parent had an equal share and died intestate. If there are no surviving heirs of one parent, everything goes to the heirs of the other parent.
    3. State of Kansas. If there is no taker under any of the above provisions, the intestate estate passes to the state of Kansas.

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    Default Re: Dying With No Will

    Thank you aaron. That is very helpful information.

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    Default Re: Dying With No Will

    He definitely needs a will if he does not want his assets distributed as per the intestate succession law of Ks.

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