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A second cousin recently died and no will has been found.

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A second cousin recently died and no will has been found. His only relatives are first and second cousins. How does New Jersey law divide the estate?
JA: Since estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: New Jersey
JA: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?
Customer: Although he had a power of attorney and living will made up, no actual will has been found. He had five cousins names written on a piece of paper with his other documents, but no other words.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: There are 4 first cousins and 22 second cousins on his maternal side. There are 6 second cousins on the paternal side.
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Estate Law
Expert:  Alex Esquire replied 11 days ago.

Hello. My name is Alex.
Thank you for your question.
I will be happy to provide you with information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

Generally, under NJ law, the estate would be distributed equally among the first cousins by the court, since first cousins are considered to be the closest kinship to the deceased.

Here is the link to the NJ law that governs when it comes to intestate (without Will) estate:

http://law.justia.com/codes/new-jersey/2009/title-3b/3b-5/3b-5-4/

I wish you the best of luck!

Expert:  Alex Esquire replied 11 days ago.
Expert:  Alex Esquire replied 11 days ago.

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