When a person dies without leaving a valid Will they are said to be ‘intestate’. The rules of intestacy are the laws governing who has the right to inherit when there is no Will and who can administer the estate.
Under these rules, all the deceased’s property will pass to their spouse, as well as the first £250,000 of the estate (if the estate is valued over £250,000). The remainder of the estate is then split between their spouse and children.
Other family members, such as siblings and grandchildren, will only inherit when there is no surviving spouse or child.
Someone can still contest an estate when there is no Will. If a person has not been provided for under the rules of intestacy, they might think they are still entitled to something and may be able to make a legal challenge.
If a loved one has died without a Will and you are facing a dispute over their estate, we can help. Call us today on 0345 604 4895, or fill out our online form and we’ll call you back.