When do distant relatives inherit
Who inherits if no spouse, children, parents or siblings survive?
When a person dies without a will and he has neither a spouse, children, parents or siblings or descendants of deceased siblings then his property goes to his next of kin like aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Heirship proceeding are different from will contest. If more than four years have passed, it may be difficult, but may not impossible, to gain the inheritance that someone else has that should be the heirs. This is complicated, involving heirship proceedings but there is a possibility that it can be done.
Texas’ parents, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and even cousins can inherit if there are no children or spouse. Even if there is a spouse, they may inherit. Learn more.
In Texas, Nieces and Nephews can contest a will. You need to be an interested party as explained in this post. Learn more about contesting a will in Texas. Learn more.