The Intestacy Rules Explained

If you die without making a Will the intestacy rules will apply to the distribution of your estate. The distribution of the estate depends on the category of relatives that you leave behind.

You have a spouse/civil partner and no children:  
Spouse or civil partner gets everything. 
You have a spouse or civil partner and children:  
Spouse/civil partner gets:
All personal possessions
The first £250,000 (£270,000 from 6 February 2020) from the estate
Half of the rest of the estate
Children will share the other half of the rest of the estate
You have children and no spouse/civil partner:  
Children get everything. Linear descendants of any pre-deceased child get his/her share.
You have no spouse/civil partner or children:  
Parents get everything and if both are alive they share equally.
You have no spouse/civil partner, children or parents:  
Full brothers and sisters will share equally. Linear descendants of any pre-deceased brother or sister get his/her share.
You have no spouse/civil partner, children, parents or full brothers and sisters:  
Half brothers and sisters will share equally. Linear descendants of any pre-deceased half brother or sister get his/her share.
You have no spouse/civil partner, children, parents, full brothers and sisters or half brothers and sisters:  
Grandparents share equally.
You have no spouse/civil partner, children, parents, full brothers and sisters, half brothers and sisters or grandparents:  
Aunts and uncles will share equally. Linear descendants of any pre-deceased aunt or uncle get his/her share.

If you would like to make a will, get in touch and we’ll sort it out for you.

3 thoughts on “The Intestacy Rules Explained

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *