- Spouse gets everything up to £250,000* & personal possessions.
- Anything remaining is divided into two:-
- Half to the children in equal share at 18 or earlier marriage.
- Half to surviving spouse
- If a child pre-deceases, leaving issue, his issue will take his share between them.
- Married person, no children
- All assets are passed to the spouse.
- Unmarried person with children
- Estate goes to children at 18 or earlier marriage.
- If a child dies before you, leaving children then these children will share the estate equally.
From 1st October 2014:
- Unmarried person with no children
- Estate goes to parents.
- If none, then to siblings of the whole blood or their issue.
- If none, then to siblings of the half blood or their issue.
- If none, then to grandparents.
- If none, then to uncles and aunts of the whole blood or their issue.
- If none, then to uncles and aunts of the half blood or their issue.
- If there are no parents, siblings (whole or half blood), issue of siblings, grandparents, uncles and aunts (whole or half blood), or issue of uncles or aunts, estate goes to the Crown.
What happens if I don’t leave a last Will?
In the UK, when a person dies without having left a valid legal Will, he or she is said to have died "intestate". English law sets out the rules which apply in that situation.
This is a simple guide only. There may be exceptions to the general rule which are not set out here. Appropriate professional advice should be taken before acting on any understanding of current English law as set out below: