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Who Are Successors/Heirs of A Deceased Person in China?

The deceased, or decedent, has two kinds of successors(heirs): the intestate successor and the successor designated by a will.

Intestate successors refer to the successors qualified for succession in accordance with the law: spouse, children, parents, siblings, paternal grandparents, and maternal grandparents of the deceased.

Successors designated by a will refers to the successor determined by the will of the decedent.



Reference: Article 1127 and 1133 of the Civil Code.



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