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State's entitlement on intestacy of estate

If no will – does the State take one-third of the estate before it is divided amongst wife and kids?

No, it doesn’t.  If there is no will two-thirds goes to the wife and one-third is divided equally between the children.  The State has no right to claim, other than whatever taxes might be due.

The only involvement of the State in the property of a deceased person comes if no next-of-kin can be found.  The ultimate inheritor therefore of a deceased person’s estate is Ireland.   

Read about the Rules of Inheritance on this website:

http://www.bporco.ie/live/newstalk/538.html

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