Rules of intestacy

The intestacy rules determine what happens if you do not leave a Will

If you pass away without leaving a Will, your estate will be divided in accordance with the rules of intestacy, regardless of what your wishes might have been. The rules of intestacy allow the Government to decide who gets what, meaning that there is a very good chance that your wishes will not be met.

If you have children under 18 years of age, other people will be able to make decisions about their care, finances, living arrangements and education. Furthermore, if you have no living family members, all your property and possessions will go to the Crown. A surviving partner will not get anything if you are not married or in a Civil Partnership.

We have outlined the rules of intestacy in more detail below. If you would like to make a Will please call us on 01279 295047 or complete our online Wills questionnaire

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