If you die intestate (without leaving a Will), there are strict rules according to Law, by which your estate will be distributed. By not having a Will, you will not have a choice as to who you would want to benefit, and by how much.

Parents or Brothers/Sisters, or Grandparents, or Uncles/Aunts, or Half-Uncles/Aunts (passed in that order)
(only person with parental responsibility)
Children inherit entire estate
Court decides who will be guardian of any minor children
Spouse/Civil Partner receives:

  • Personal Chattels
  • £250,000

Balance is divided as follows:
Half goes to the Spouse/Civil Partner and other half to children.
If assets are less than £250,000 children will inherit nothing

Spouse/civil partner receives the whole estate
Parents or Brothers/Sisters, or Grandparents, or Uncles/Aunts, or Half-Uncles/Aunts (will pass in that order).
Cohabitee partner receives nothing
Children inherit entire estate
Cohabitee partner receives nothing
Estate goes to the Crown
 

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