In the case of such simultaneous death, the court will deem that the older person would have passed away first and left it to the younger person. The distribution of assets will hence follow the will (if available) of the younger person. If the will specified the children as beneficiaries then it will be passed to the children. However the child must be able to inherit the property, i.e. age 21 and above and does not own a HDB flat. Otherwise the executor will hang on to the property and manage it the best way possible – either hold on till child is old enough to inherit or sell it away and split the proceeds.

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