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August 27, 2007

Learn About Inheritance Laws

In the United States, inheritance laws are governed by the Uniform Probate Code. In place since 1969, UPC is a statute that outlines what happens to the assets, debts, and financial affairs of a deceased person. Currently 18 states have adopted the Uniform Probate Code in its entirety, while the remaining 32 states have adopted parts of it.

Although inheritance laws are different in each state, the majority require a similar process. First, an estate executor needs to be appointed. Oftentimes the executor is appointed through the deceased person's will. If there is no will, or the appointed executor does not want to take on the responsibility, an Administrator will be appointed through probate court.

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