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When someone dies, and has left a Will governing the distribution of their estate, its provisions will be implemented, so far as they are effective. However, if someone dies without making a Will, the distribution of their estate is governed by the Rules of Intestacy, as set out in the Administration of Estates Act 1925.
A common misconception held by many people is that if they die without leaving a Will, everything will pass to their spouse or civil partner. However, this is not the case, and dying without leaving a Will often leads to a situation where your friends and relatives may inherit nothing, contrary to your intentions.
If you are married/in a civil partnership, have children, and your estate is worth less than £250,000:
If you are married/in a civil partnership, have children, and your estate is worth more than £250,00:
If you are married/in a civil partnership, have no children, but have parents/brothers/sisters/grandparents/uncles/aunts:
If you are not married/in a civil partnership, but you have children:
If you are not married/in a civil partnership and you have no children:
If you are not married, have no children and there are no other relatives:
This article is for information purposes only and is not legal advice. It should not be acted or relied upon and legal advice should be sought before applying any of the information in this article to any facts or circumstances.