What is the name of your state? Illinois
My grandmother passed away and her will states the 2 beneficiaries as my mother and her sister; however the sister has died but her child believes he is entitled to his mother's half of the estate. Are there laws that dictate what happens to the estate if the beneficiary named has died? Did grandmother have to specifically name the grandchild as a "back-up" beneficiary for him to receive 1/2 of the estate? Grandmother's attorney (the one who wrote the will) has given conflicted answers...first he told my mother she would get everything since her sister had died, then the grandson visited the attorney and he (the attorney) is now claiming everything will be divided.