Intestacy Dying Without a Will England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Published / Last Updated on 04/05/2022

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Apart from the normal confusion, heartache, disputes and delays for loved ones resolving your affairs if you die without a Will there are Laws of Intestacy that come into force.

The law regarding intestacy differs depending on where you live in:

  • England & Wales.
  • Scotland.
  • Northern Ireland.

Rules also differ as to whether you are married, in a civil partnership or unmarried and whether you have children or not.


Intestacy, Death Without A Will if Married or Civil Partner with Children

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Joint Assets:  Any assets that you jointly own e.g., land or property under joint tenancy or joint named bank accounts are automatically transferred into the sole name of the surviving partner.

Remaining Assets in Sole Name of the Deceased Are Distributed As Follows:

England and Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

Legal spouse inherits first £270,000 of your estate

Legal spouse inherits 100% of house value up to £473,000 or if the house is worth more, then the house may need to be sold to ensure that the spouse receives £473,000

Legal spouse inherits first £250,000 of your estate

50% of the balance of the estate goes to your legal spouse

Legal spouse also inherits furniture and household goods up to £29,000

Legal spouse also inherits your personal possessions

50% of the balance of the estate goes to your children equally

Legal spouse inherits cash up to £50,000

If there is 1 child: 50% of the balance of the estate goes to your legal spouse

 

1/3rd of the balance of the estate goes to your legal spouse

If there is 1 child: 50% of the balance of the estate goes to your child

 

2/3rds of the balance of the estate goes to your legal children equally

If there are 2 or more children: 1/3rd of the balance of the estate goes to your legal spouse

 

 

If there are 2 or more children: 2/3rds of the balance of the estate goes to your legal children equally


Intestacy, Death Without A Will if You Are Not Married or Civil Partners

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The first thing to be aware of is that if you live with a partner and are not married or in a civil partnership, your ‘common law’ partner will only inherit assets that you jointly own e.g., land or property under joint tenancy or joint named bank accounts are automatically transferred into the sole name of the surviving common law partner.

Remaining Assets in Sole Name of the Deceased Are Distributed In Order of Succession (if Surviving You) As Follows:

England and Wales

Scotland

Northern Ireland

100% to Children in equal shares and if no children onto the next level of successors as follows:

100% to Children in equal shares and if no children onto the next level of successors as follows:

100% to Children/Grandchildren and other ‘Direct Line’ descendants in equal shares and if no direct line descendants onto the next level of successors as follows:

Parents

50% to Parents and 50% to Siblings (if no full siblings, then half siblings)

Parents

Siblings (brothers and sisters)

If no Siblings (or half siblings) then 100% to Parents

Siblings

Half Siblings

Uncles and Aunts

Grandparents

Grandparents

Grandparents

Uncles and Aunts

Uncles and Aunts

Great Uncles and Aunts

Closest Blood Relatives

Half Uncles and Aunts

The Crown

The Crown

The Crown

 

 

Don’t Delay Make A Will:  It is advisable that we all make a Will to ensure that the people or organisations that we care about, inherit our wealth in the proportions that we would like.

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