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The Uniform Probate Code, adopted by 18 states, specifies the rights of a surviving spouse when their spouse passes without a will. The rights include: If there are no parents, children, or grandchildren of the deceased spouse, the surviving one inherits the estate; if a parent survives, the surviving spouse inherits the first $50,000, then splits the remaining half of the estate with the parent(s); if a child or grandchild survives, the surviving spouse inherits the first $50,000, then splits the remaining half of the estate with the child or grandchild.


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