Who would inherit, my aunt's estate if she dies intestate in Washington State
My aunt dies intestate. She:
• Had no spouse (she never married)
• Had no children (born or adopted)
• Has no living Parents (they died in 1970’s/1980’s)
• Has no living siblings – she had one brother, my father, who died in 2012
• Has three living nieces/nephews (myself and two sisters)
• Has no living grandparents
• Has some living cousins but I am not exactly sure who and where they are
If she dies intestate, would my aunt’s estate get split across myself and my sisters? Or would we also have to start tracking down other living relatives (cousins and the like).
It is likely that you and your siblings would share equally in your aunts estate. You can hire a probate attorney to help you address the issue with the courts if you're not comfortable with the possibility that other family members might be entitled to distributions.
As I understand your question and WA's statute on intestate succession: As nieces and nephews, any of you who survive you aunt would be considered qualified "issue of the parent or parents" of the deceased (RCW 11.04.015(2)(c)), and you would take before any of the cousins, who are considered "issue of any grandparent or grandparents" (RCW 11.04.015(2)(e)).
Also, since you and your sisters are equally remote in the line of succession, you would take equally.
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