Inheritance

Distributing inheritance equally

Q: Is it permissible to distribute a will equally to keep unity in the family. We are 4 brothers 2 sisters. We want to share the money equally, can we?

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Distributing inheritance

Q: I've been mandated by the family to be their General Power of Attorney in the handling of the properties of our late father. The property in question is in Pakistan. My late brother, an heir, was a resident in the UK. I requested documents from his siblings in the UK, namely a General Power of Attorney, which they obliged with. However, the documents needed to be attested with the Foreign Office and the Pakistani Embassy in the UK. They have had the documents attested, but now they are refusing to send the documents back to me. Regrettably I've sent a letter of demand/return of documents to them, with no success. What should I do? 

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Making a bequest for an heir

Q: I am married for the second time and have no kids from my second wife, but she has her own kids, and I have kids from my first wife. If I leave some property or wealth for my second wife in my will, what will happen to it if we both die at the same time?

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Inheritance of government land

Q: My father had 24 acres of govt. land (horse growing scheme). We are 3 brothers and 6 sisters. My father died and the govt. land was given to my older brother as a govt. policy. Is this correct distribution according to Islam? If no, then what is the correct way of distribution?

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Inheritance

Q: My friend is living in America. She was a divorcee with one daughter who lives with her father. Her mother is staying with her and is partly paralyzed. She has one brother who is living in Pakistan. Recently she was diagnosed with cancer. As in America, if you do not make a will then everything goes to the state so she married a Muslim man so that he could take care of her assets. I wanted to know by what percentage will her wealth be divided according to Islamic law?

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Winding up the estate and power of the executor

Q: My father passed away approximately seven years ago. My brother was the appointed executor of the estate. However, until today, he refuses to wind up the estate. Over the years since my father's demise, my brother has continued to run the business and deal in the assets left by my father at his own discretion.

My questions are:

1. What is the current state of the estate and how should it now be distributed?

2. What are the powers of the executor? Can he deal in the assets of the estate (e.g. sell them) without the consent of the other heirs?

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Inheritance

Q: Deceased woman left 1 husband, 1 daughter, 1 father, 1 mother, 2 brothers and 1 sister. How will the inheritance be distributed?

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Will an unborn child inherit?

Q: A man has two sons and two daughters. He then writes out his final will and testament and later passes away not knowing that his wife is in the early days of pregnancy. The child is born +/- 9 months later. Does this child get a share of inheritance ?

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Inheritance

Q: My father died 3 years ago and he left some property behind and he didn’t write any will. He has only five daughters and a wife. His father and mother are not alive and he has no siblings from father's side but his mother got married to another man and she has 4 children. All his property is self made and he didn’t get a penny from his mother or anyone. Do we need to give some share to his brothers and sisters from his maternal side?

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Demanding one's share of inheritance

Q: I was asked after my father's death whether I want my miras (property) or not in my father's property. Because of some family stress I said no, but now I want my part. My question is, can I ask for it? What does sharia say about it?

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