If you don't have a will when you die, Texas law decides how your estate will be divided

- Up to 64% of Americans don't have a will.

When you die and don't have a will, your estate will be divided according to Texas law. And there's a hierarchy as to who gets your stuff, according to Attorney Paul Strug

"So it looks for spouse, parents, children, then sibling."

If you're single, like Prince your estate goes to your parents, if they're alive. Prince's are not.

If you're married and die, you’d think all of your estate would go to your spouse.  But under Texas law, that might not be the case.

Strug says Texas law could give half the estate to the children of the deceased previous marriage.

If the child is from a previous marriage, assets are split between the surviving spouse and that child.

Strug admits, "It is confusing."

Prince wasn't married, he had no children, and his parents are deceased. So his estate will be divided between his siblings, full sibling and half siblings.  Minnesota law says half siblings are treated equally as full siblings.

But not in Texas.  Here, full siblings get full amount, half siblings get half.

 

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