What happens when you die without making a Will?

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

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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:

  • Spouse
  • Children or grandchildren
  • Parents
  • Siblings
  • Grandparents
  • 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
  • Carers

Entitlement to the Estate through intestacy

A person’s entitlement depends on if the deceased person left a surviving spouse or children.

  1. As you can see it is very important to make a Will  (why not visit our wills page to find out more about what we offer) otherwise your estate will be distributed via the intestacy laws. For more information about intestacy laws or making a Will please feel free to contact us.
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