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Rhode Island Intestacy Laws
These are selections from the Rhode Island intestate succession statutes.  (Title 33, Probate Practice and Procedure, Chapter 33-1, Rules of Descent)

 

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33-1-1 Real estate descending by intestacy to children or descendants, parents, or brothers and sisters.
Whenever any person having title to any real estate of inheritance shall die intestate as to such estate, it shall descend and pass in equal portions to his or her kindred, in the following course:
(1) First to his children or their descendants, if there are any.
(2) Second if there be no children nor their descendants, then to the parents in equal shares, or to the surviving parent of such intestate.
(3) Third if there is no parent, then to the brothers and sisters of the intestate, and their descendants.

33-1-2 Descent of real estate to paternal or maternal kindred.
If there is no parent, nor brother, nor sister, nor their descendants, the inheritance shall go in equal moieties to the paternal and maternal kindred, each in the following course: (1) First to the grandparents, in equal shares, if any there be. (2) Second if there be no grandparent, then to the uncles and aunts, or their descendants by representation, or such of them as there be. (3) Third if there be no grandparent, nor uncle, nor aunt, nor their descendants, then to the great grandparents in equal shares, if any there be. (4) Fourth if there be no great grandparent, then to the great uncles and great aunts or their descendants by representation, or such of them as there be; and so on, in other cases, without end, passing to the nearest lineal ancestors and their descendants or such of them as there be.

 

33-1-3 Descent when no paternal or maternal kindred survive.
When in this chapter the inheritance is directed to go by moieties to the paternal and maternal kindred, if there are no such kindred on the one part, the whole shall go to the other part; and if there are no kindred either on the one part or the other the whole shall go to the husband or wife of the intestate, and if the husband or wife is dead, it shall go to his or her kindred in the like course as if such husband or wife had survived the intestate and then died entitled to the estate.



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  See Also: Which state's intestacy laws apply at death? and How are intestacy laws interpreted?
The Rhode Island intestate succession statutes may be found in full by selecting this link.  (Title 33, Probate Practice and Procedure, Chapter 33-1, Rules of Descent)


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