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I am sorry to hear that he never updated the beneficiary status. This means that if she died before him, all of the proceeds of those accounts go into his estate
needs to be conducted to distribute the assets of his estate to the heirs
, which would include his surviving spouse (your sister) and also to his children/descendants.
Ohio law on distribution of an intestate
(without a will) estate are as follows so you can tell your sister how much she is entitled to as surviving spouse:
- If a decedent is survived by a spouse and no surviving children or descendants of deceased children, the entire estate goes to the spouse.
- If a decedent is survived by a spouse and one or more children or their descendants, and if all the children who survive or who have descendants are also the children of the surviving spouse, the entire estate goes to the surviving spouse.
- If a decedent is survived by a spouse and one child or the child’s descendants and if the surviving spouse is not the natural or adoptive parent of the child, the spouse receives the first $20,000 from the estate plus one-half the remainder of the estate. The balance of the estate passes to the child or, if the child is deceased, to the child’s descendants.
- If a decedent is survived by a spouse and more than one child or their descendants, the spouse receives the first $60,000 if the spouse is the natural or adoptive parent of one, but not all of the children, or the first $20,000 if the spouse is not the natural or adoptive parent of any of the children. The spouse receives one-third of the balance of the estate and the children will receive two-thirds of the balance of the estate in equal shares. Descendants of a deceased child divide that child’s equal share.
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