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The Law of Intestacy Explained

The Law of Intestacy Explained

I am often blogging about why it is important to make a Will. One of the statements I make to back this up is that if you do not have a legal Will in place then your estate will be subject to the Law of Intestacy.

In short, I explain that this could mean HMRC (the Crown) benefit from your estate instead of your loved ones.

In today’s blog, I am putting more meat on the bones regarding the law of intestacy in England and Wales. So that you can see in detail, exactly what would happen should you not have a Will in place at the time of your death.

If a person dies without leaving a legal Will, the law says their estate. Which includes all property and assets must be shared out according to certain rules.

These are called the rules of intestacy. If you die without leaving a Will you die “intestate”. This means that only married couples or civil partners and close relatives can inherit under the rules of intestacy.

If you die without making a Will or the Will is not legally valid, for example, it has been incorrectly signed or witnessed. The rules of intestacy will decide how your estate is to be shared out.

Below you will find rules of intestacy flow chart that takes you through in detail what happens step by step. I would highly recommend you make a Will if you have not done so already. If you do have a Will in place have a look at it and double check that it’s legal and valid.

If you are in any doubt talk to your Will Writer or Solicitor to double check all is as it should be. Especially if you have had recent changes in your life, such as marriage, divorce or the birth of a child. Often these professionals can offer you an initial discussion free of charge. So that you can put your mind at rest that your Will is valid and providing for your loved ones.

2015 Rules of Intestacy Flowchart

 2015 Intestacy Rules Flowchart

Previous Rules of Intestacy Flowchart

The following flowchart shows the Intestacy Rules that were in force up to the 1st October 2014.

 What are the rules of intestacy

Related Links

Intestacy Rules England & Wales
Intestacy Rules 2015 Flowchart