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Your heirs are those people who are entitled to your estate under the laws of intestacy of your state of residence--in other words, the people who would get your stuff if you died without a will. People who are designated to receive your assets under your will are called "legatees." So if you die with a valid will in place, a person can be an heir but not a legatee (gets nothing without a will contest), a legatee but not an heir (gets what you say they get), or an heir and legatee (gets what you say they get). If you die without a will, you have heirs but no legatees. have heirs right now (the people who would get your stuff if you dropped dead with no valid will), and yes, they could predecease you.

Boring stuff, yes?

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