The Rules of Intestacy - England & Wales

Are you Married or in a Civil Partnership?

YES

Is your estate worth more than £250,000?

Everything goes to your spouse or civil partner.

Your spouse/civil partner gets personal chattels, £250,000 and a life interest in half the remainder.

Children get the rest.

Do you have any children?

Do you have any parents?

Your spouse/civil partner gets personal chattels, £450,000 and a life interest in half the remainder.

Your parents share the rest absolutely.

Your spouse/civil partner gets personal chattels, £450,000 and a life interest in half the remainder.

Your siblings share the rest absolutely.

Do you have any brothers or sisters?

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

Do you have any children?

NO

YES

Do you have any living parents?

YES

NO

Do you have any brothers or sisters?

NO

YES

Do you have any nieces and nephews?

YES

NO

Do you have any living grandparents?

YES

NO

Do you have any uncles and aunts?

NO

Do you have remoter relatives?

NO

YES

YES

Your estate is shared equally between them.

Your estate is shared equally between them.

Your estate is shared equally between them.

Your estate is shared equally between them.

Your estate is shared equally between them.

Your estate is shared equally between them.

Your estate is shared equally between them.

If no ancestry/issue can be found then the estate goes to the government department Bona Vancantia to be administered by the Treasury Solicitor

Please not that the above chart relates to our understanding as of January 2014.  Legislation and Taxation could change in the Future.

 

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