A grandson’s rights in his grandfather’s property depend on the nature of the property whether the property is an ancestral property or it is a Self – acquired property. This article will guide you in detail the succession right of grandson over grandfather’s property.
What is an ancestral property?
A property which is inherited by a Hindu from his father, father’s father or father’s fathers’ father, is ancestral property. The right to a share in such a property accrues by birth itself, unlike other forms of inheritance, where inheritance opens only on the death of the owner.
Rights in the ancestral property are determined on the basis of per-stirpes and not per-capita. So, the share of each generation is first determined and successive generations, in turn, sub-divide what has been inherited by their respective predecessors.
If the property is an ancestral property, the grandchild has equal share in the same. He can file a civil suit for declaration and partition along-with petition for interim relief. Rights protected by law cannot be denied.
What is the right of the grandchild in the Self- acquired property of the Grandfather (Succession) ?
A grandchild does not have any birth right in the self- acquired property of his grandfather if it has been allotted to his father in a family partition in his capacity as legal heir and not as a coparcener under the Hindu Succession Act 1956. The grandfather can transfer the property to whoever he desires.
If the Grandfather dies without leaving any will, then only his immediate legal heirs i.e. his wife, son(s) and daughter(s) will have right to inherit the property left behind by him.
As the properties inherited by the wife, son(s) and daughter(s) of the deceased would be treated as a personal property of those who inherit the same, no one else has any right to claim any share in the same property.
In case any son or daughter of the grandfather dies before his death, then the legal heir of the predeceased son or daughter will get the share which the predeceased son or daughter would have got.
The grandchild of the grandfather shall be entitled to get a share of his/her predeceased father only but if the father is alive then she/he is not entitled to any share.
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