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Q&A - What happens if a beneficiary dies before the estate is settled?

Q:  An aunt of mine died earlier this year. In her Will she left everything to be split equally between her two daughters. Even though probate had not yet been granted, the sisters put their mother's house on the market. Before a buyer could be found and the money from the sale distributed, however, one of the sisters died. All of this has got me thinking about my own family situation and has made me wonder about a couple of points which I hope you can clarify. Firstly, is it correct that property in an estate can be sold before Probate is granted? And secondly, what happens to someone's share of an estate if they die before the Will is settled?

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