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I am sorry to hear about your loss. If you mean beneficiary in a probate action, then assuming she did not have a will, it would depend on what family she left:
- parents but no children, spouse, or siblings - parents inherit everything
- a spouse and parents - spouse inherits all of her community property and 3/4 of her separate property, parents inherit 1/4 of her separate property.
A surviving spouse is not eligible for the above and parents would then inherit all if the couple has executed a formal separation agreement dividing all their property and waiving all claims to the other's property. Estate of Lindsay, 91 Wn. App. 944 (1998). However if the separation was informal, then it did not count.
However, note that life insurance, IRAs, and 401k are outside probate and go to the beneficiary designated by the plan.
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