What happens if an individual dies without leaving a will?

Dying intestate

If someone dies without leaving a will they will have been said to have died intestate. If you estate is deemed to have been worth over £25,000 then the assets of your estate will be distributed according to the intestate rules of England and Wales.

Who will become the beneficiary of the estate depends upon the circumstances and the situation of the person who has died.

Rules of Intestate

Single, Divorced or Widowed

  • For those people who are single, divorced or widowed then everything will be left firstly to their children.

  • If they do not have any children then the estate will be left to their parents or to their grandchildren if their children are deceased

  • If they do not have any parents then the estate will be left to their siblings or their siblings children if their siblings are to deceased

  • If they do not have siblings then the estate will be left to their grandparents

  • If they do not have any living grandparents then the estate will be left to any one of their uncles and aunts or their children if they are deceased 

  • If they do not have an uncle or aunt for which the estate can pass to then the estate will pass to the Government

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  • Unmarried Couples
  • Married with no Children
  • Married with Children
  • Note: These figures are correct as of Feb 2010