First, we'll define what it means to be an Heir vs a Beneficiary:
Heir: Commonly referred to as an Heir-at-Law. This is someone that is next of kin to the deceased and would inherit under the intestate (when the decedent has no Will) laws of the state.
Beneficiary/Devisee/Legatee: These terms all refer to someone named in the Will that will specifically inherit from the Estate.
Both Heirs and Beneficiaries have the right to be informed of the following:
- When the Probate process has begun.
- The progress and/or actions of the Estate.
- A full and accurate account of the Estate.