Grandmother died. She left a per stripes will. 3 adult children. All 3 adult children have adult children. Does per stripes mean the grandchildren do not inherit anything unless their parent is dead?
Your interpretation is correct. Had one grandmother's children died, then the children of that child (grandchildren) would have taken equally based on their parent's 1/3 share.
If all of grandmother's children are still alive, they will share in the estate equally with 1/3 shares.
Yes...should their parent be dead when grandmother dies, they will then inherit their parent's share.
Review the entire Will with an experienced orobate attorney to ensure correct interpretation.
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Yes. Unless a child predeceased your grandmother, the grandchildren will receive nothing. Should a child have predeceased your grandmother, then that child's share would be divided equally among that predeceased child's children.
Consult an attorney and provide them with a copy (or original) of the will. In short, if the parents are alive it doesn't not matter whether the grandchildren are adults or not. They don't take.
Under the common law interpretation of "per stirpes" (not "stripes") gifts under a will given per stirpes follow family lines. Generally a person like a grandchild does not take if their parent is alive and a descendant of the person who passed away. One cautionary note -- some wills include a definition of "per stirpes" that may be different that the common law definition. I would recommend you have a probate lawyer look at the will and review the family tree of the deceased person to help you understand how the will gift left per stirpes might pass.
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