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Could you kindly advise if your wife had any children please - this would include natural or adopted?
No to both
Please could you answer my question
Hello. My sincere apologies for the delay in reverting to you. I am out of the country with no internet access until today-i am typing on a phone so apologies for any odd typos. If a beneficiary passes away before a testator the normal position is that the gift to that beneficiary lapses and adds to the residue of the estate to other residuary beneficiaries. There is an exception to this if the gift is left to a child - as is the case here - and that beneficiary dies before the beneficiary leaving a child of there own. In these circumstances that child would inherit their parents share unless there is a contrary intention in the will. Unfortunately here you say your wife had no children so this would not apply. There is a further exception to the above. Many wills will contains substututional clause specifying what happens if a beneficiary predeceases. If the will contains such a clause that will take effect. If neither of the above apply then your mother in law will have died intestate as her will will fail. In these circumstances if she died without a living husband then her estate would be divided between any living children and if any child predeceased leaving children of their own then those children would inherit their parents share. Under intestacy your mother in laws children that survive her would have the right to administer her estate a well. Please let me know if I can clarify any of the above.