Dying Without a Will in Connecticut

Laws of Intestacy Succession in Connecticut

Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford.

NOTE: State laws change frequently and the following information may not reflect recent changes in the laws. For current tax or legal advice, please consult with an accountant or an attorney since the information contained in this article is not tax or legal advice and is not a substitute for tax or legal advice.

When a Connecticut resident dies without a Last Will and Testament, the intestacy succession laws found in the Connecticut Statutes will dictate who inherits the deceased person's probate estate.

Below is a summary of the Connecticut intestacy laws in various situations.

Deceased Person is Survived by a Spouse and/or Descendants and/or Parents

Here is what will happen under the Connecticut intestacy laws if the deceased person is survived by a spouse and/or descendants (children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc.) and/or parents:

  • Survived by a spouse and children all of whom are children of the spouse - In this case the surviving spouse will inherit the first $100,000 of the deceased spouse's probate estate and one-half (1/2) of the balance and the children will inherit the remainder, per stirpes.
  • Survived by a spouse and one or more children who are not descendants of the spouse - In this case the surviving spouse will inherit one-half (1/2) of the deceased spouse's probate estate and the deceased person's children will inherit the remaining one-half (1/2), per stirpes.
  • Survived by a spouse and no descendants or parents - In this case the surviving spouse will inherit the deceased spouse's entire probate estate.
  • Survived by descendants and no spouse - In this case the deceased person's descendants will inherit the entire probate estate, per stirpes.
  • Survived by a spouse and parent or parents and no descendants - In this case the surviving spouse will inherit the first $100,000 of the probate estate and the balance will be distributed three-fourths (3/4) to the surviving spouse and one-fourth (1/4) equally to the parents or all to the only surviving parent.
  • Survived by a parent or parents and no spouse or descendants - In this case the deceased person's parents will inherit the probate estate in equal shares if both are living or the entire probate estate will go to the only surviving parent.

Deceased Person is Not Survived by a Spouse, Descendants, or Parents

Here is what will happen under the Connecticut intestacy laws if the deceased person is not survived by a spouse, any descendants (children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc.) or their parents:

  • Survived by brothers and/or sisters or descendants of deceased brothers and/or sisters - In this case the deceased person's brothers and/or sisters and the descendants of deceased brothers and/or sisters (nieces and nephews) will inherit the entire of the probate estate, per stirpes.
  • Not survived by any family members - In the unlikely circumstance that the deceased person is not survived by any family members as described above, then the entire probate estate will escheat to the State of Connecticut.

What Will You Inherit From a Connecticut Intestate Estate?

What will you inherit if your relative dies without leaving a will and the relative was a resident of Connecticut or owned real estate located in Connecticut?

  Even if you determine based on the information presented above that you are entitled to an intestate share of your relative's estate, you may not inherit anything. Why? Because your relative may have left only ​non probate property or the debts your relative owed at the time of death may exceed the value of the probate estate which will make the estate insolvent.

If you're not sure about your legal rights as an intestate heir in Connecticut, then consult with a Connecticut probate attorney to be sure.