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You stated: Paul deceased without a will."" and then "" distributee of the will of Paul? ""
So did Paul have a will or did he die intestate (no will)?
Are Tom, Paul and Janes parents deceased?
Paul died intestate!
The parents of Tom, Paul and Jane are deceased!
Ok, then Pete would potentially inherit because when Tom adopted him, he became Tom's son the same as a biological child. That means that Pete is an heir of Tom so when Tom's estate inherits from Paul's estate, Pete could inherit depending on whether Tom had a will or not.
Tom had a will! However, the sole heir of the will of Tom was his wife Joan! So The will of Tom did not include Tom a beneficiary. Because the will of Tom did not include Pete wouldn't Pete be ineligible to be a distributee of the will of Paul?