Intestacy rules changed in October 2014 and are now as follows:
If you are married, or in a civil partnership, with children, your spouse will get the first £250,000 of your estate, plus your personal possessions. The remainder of your estate is split one half to your spouse and one half to your children.
If you are married, or in a civil partnership, with no children, your spouse will get everything.
If you are not married or in a civil partnership, your estate will pass to:
- Any children, if none
- To your parents, if none
- To your siblings, if none
- To their children, if none
- To grandparents, if none
- To uncles and aunts, if none
- To the Crown
Property owned as 'joint tenants' will pass automatically to the surviving co-owner and will not form part of your estate. This could include joint bank accounts or a jointly owned property.
Boyfriends/girlfriends/cohabitees are not entitled to anything under the laws of intestacy. So if you are not married and live with someone, please come and see us about making a will.