In your August issue, you answered the query of Smt. Kausalya Devi about the devolution of property inherited by a female through her father. I am in similar situation but the property inherited by me is that of my father-in-law. I do not have any children and my husband also expired an year ago. Please advise how my property is devolved?
Hindu Succession Act has made vital distinction in case of properties inherited by Hindu females from father or from father-in-law and husband. The property inherited from father-in-law by a Hindu female who do not have any legal heirs, will devolve on the legal heirs of father-in-law, property being treated as if owned by the father-in-law. In your case you do not have any legal heir so the property will devolve on legal heirs of your father-in-law.