Spouse who has no will- inheritance rights?


#1

Dear Perplexedex:

It sounds like you’re in a very frustrating and confusing state of being right now. Hopefully things will turn for the better shortly. With regard to your question, since you are separate, his “estate” could file for equitable distribution within 1 year of his death. You would still be entitled to your share of the “marital estate”, i.e. 50% of the property, of his retirement acquired during your marriage, etc. Life insurance and death benefits would go to the appropriate named beneficiary.

Ketan P. Soni
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
NCdivorce.com
(919)787-6668

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#2

my husband and I are separated. I have not filed for PSS/ED yet because of a pending legal situation he is in that could end his ability to earn a living. My question: he has no will. Should he lose his professional license and decide to kill himself (he has a history of threatening suicide) what rights would I have to his retirement contributions, death benefits, and life insurance (he has named his 11 year old son from his first marriage as beneficiary for the retirement contributions & death benefits - I don’t know whether he has life insurance or who the beneficiary is, but he is a state employee). He has an ex-wife and 2 kids.
Thank you.