Can the government inherit your estate?
It is very unusual to have to go beyond grandparents and their descendants to find an heir to an estate. If this is necessary, the representative of the estate continues to go back a generation.
With respect to family heirs, the Illinois Rules of Intestate Succession ends by stating that the estate goes to the nearest family member in equal parts and equal degree.
Contrary to popular belief, if the decedent truly has no living relatives and no one named to inherit the estate, no matter how remote, their estate to go to the government.
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