Do the 7 surviving sisters have to split or share the monetary and real estate property with any of the surviving nieces and nephews?
The answer depends on your state's law. Since she died without a will she is deemed to have died intestate. Therfor, the state's wishes are substituted for your grandmother's wishes. After you and your family have had time to grieve, make an appointment with a qualified attorney in your area. He or she will be able to give you your options.
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If your grandmother died in Pennsylvania, the intestate (no Will) statute says that her probate estate will pass first to her surviving spouse. If there is no spouse surviving, it will be divided equally between her children who survive. So, if any of your grandmother's children are alive, they take the estate and the grandmother's sisters do not take anything. You need to hire a lawyer such as myself who handles probate in PA.
If your g-mom died a resident of Pennsylvania and she died with no spouse surviving her, and she had children (you don't mention if there are any deceased children who left children) those children would share equally in her estate. If she had no children either, it would go equally amongst her siblings. The estate has to be opened by having an administrator named and there are a number of steps to take such as filing the inheritance tax return. You should consider hiring an attorney.
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