Indian Law/Legal Heir



My father passed away 12 years back. He has 4 siblings. The legal heirs of my father are his mother (grandmother), wife and 2 kids (me and my sister). Grandmother passed away recently. So who are the legal heirs of my father now. Do his sisters or brothers have claim on his property?

If the a male person dies after making his WILL, then after his death ,his wealth will be distributed according to it.However, if he dies without making a WILL then the wealth is distributed equally to the legal heirs of the deceased preferably to his Class-I heirs and otherwise to his Class-II heirs by the court as per the provisions of  The Hindu Succession Act,1956 and in the absence of both to Agnates and Cognates.
Legal heirs have been well defined in the above Act and in case the deceased was a male then his Class I & Class II heirs will be as under:
Class I relations
• Son/Daughter
• Widow
• Mother
• Son/Daughter of a pre-deceased son (per-deceased means “already Dead”)
• Son/Daughter of a pre-deceased Daughter
• Widow of a pre-deceased son
• Son/Daughter of a pre-deceased son of a pre-deceased son (3 levels)
• Widow of a pre-deceased son of a predeceased son
Class II relations
• Father
• Brother/Sister
• Son’s daughter’s son/daughter,
• Daughter’s son’s son/daughter
• Daughter’s daughter’s son/daughter
• Sibling son/daughter
• Father’s Parents
• Brother’s widow
• Father’s sibling
• Mother’s parents
• Mother’s sibling
Therefore, in the instant case , if your father died without making any WILL, then his wealth will be distrbuted to his legal heirs as per the List shown above.
However, you may consult a lawyer for further advice in the matter.

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