Where there is no will
When a person dies without making a Will, or has made a Will but the Will was classified as invalid they are said to have died ‘intestate’. When this happens the distribution of their estate will be determined by the Rules of Intestacy.
Rules of Intestacy
The rules of intestacy list a hierarchy of who will be entitles to the estate, in what order and by how much.
The people who can inherit under the rules of intestacy are:
- Children or grandchildren
- Uncles and aunts of full blood or their children
- Uncles and aunts of half blood or their children
The people who cannot inherit under the rules of intestacy are:
- Unmarried people
- Lesbian or gay partners who are not in a civil partnership
- Relations by marriage
- Close friends
Entitlement to the Estate through intestacy
A person’s entitlement depends on if the deceased person left a surviving spouse or children.
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