Intestacy Rules – who inherits

Who benefits if you have no will

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Who gets what

The intestacy rules changed in October 2014.  Who inherits depends on your circumstances. So now, if you die without leaving a valid will, here is a guide to who will inherit under those intestacy rules.

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You die unmarried and not in a civil partnership and have no children

 

Everything goes to the first remaining level of blood relatives in this order

 

  • Parents, or if none
  • Brothers or sisters or their descendants, or if none,
  • Half siblings or their descendants, or if none
  • Grandparents or if none
  • Uncles and/or aunts or their descendants or if none
  • Half uncles and/or aunts or their descendants or if none
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If you have none of these blood relatives

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  • The whole estate passes to the crown

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The above applies even if you live with someone whatever you call them, friend, co-habitee, common law spouse. Therefore the only way to ensure a partner gets your estate is to marry them, enter a civil partnership or make a Will.

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You die unmarried and not in a civil partnership but have children

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Everything goes to
  • Your children (including legally adopted children).

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You die married or in a civil partnership but have no children

 

Everything goes to

 

  • Your spouse/civil partner.

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You die married or in a civil partnership and have children

 

your estate is divided and

Your spouse/civil partner gets

 

  • Personal belongings plus
  • The first £250,000 of the estate, plus
  • Half of the rest outright
Your children get

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  • Half of the rest outright (when they are 18)

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Got it?

Then try our Intestacy Quiz

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If you’re still not sure about the intestacy rules

look at it another way

 

Kevin Moon– Private Client Solicitor – Partner

01233 714055

 


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