Heirs & Beneficiaries

It is important to note the difference between heirs and beneficiaries. The heirs are the closest living relatives of the decedent.

The beneficiaries are those people who are given property in the will. If a person is a beneficiary but not an heir, that person does not have to be listed in Part 3 of Standard Form #5.

Rules of Inheritance

There are certain rules regarding the notice that must be given to heirs. If you need help determining the heirs of the decedent, you may consult the Rules of Inheritance page.