Carol Juntunen Real Estate Team

If you die without making a will (intestate), a court will distribute your property according to the heirship laws of Illinois. This process is called “intestate succession" or "intestacy".

           If you die with:            Here's what happens:
           Children but no spouse            Children inherit everything
           Spouse but no descendants            Spouse inherits everything 
           Spouse and descendants            Spouse inherits 1/2; descendants inherit 1/2

           Parents but no spouse,                                 descendants, or siblings

           Parents inherit everything

           Siblings but no spouse,                                 descendants or parents

           Siblings inherit everything 

           Parents and siblings 

           Parents and siblings inherit your property in equal shares, except             if only one parent is living, that parent gets a double share