When someone who was domiciled in Grenada at the date of death dies without a will, any and everything he/she owns, that is, his or her estate, is inherited according to a set prescription of Grenada’s intestacy laws.
The person who died without a will or valid will is referred to as an “intestate” person.
In the order and proportions shown, the following persons are entitled to inherit:
- ½ to surviving spouse and ½ to child/children equally;
- If no spouse, all to child/children equally;
- If spouse but no child/children, then ½ to spouse, and ½ as if the intestate had not been married;
- If no spouse or children, then father and mother equally or whichever of them, should any or both survive the intestate;
- If no spouse, children or parents, then brothers and sisters, whichever number of them survives the intestate;
- If no spouse, children, parents or siblings, then grandparents, if any of them survives the intestate;
- If no spouse, children, parents, siblings or grandparents, then aunts and uncles, if any of them survives the intestate;
- If no spouse, children, parents, or grandparents, but there are children of either siblings, aunts or uncles, who at the date of the ideath of the intestate are alive and have already turned age twenty-one (21) or already married, then those nieces and or nephews and cousins will all inherit equally; and
- If there are none of the persons above, then the Crown (ie, Government) becomes entitled to the intestate’s property.