Without a Will

If you die without a Will you are said to die ‘intestate’. When this happens the law lays down who is entitled to administer your estate (i.e. carry out the duties of the Executor) and who should receive your estate.

The intestacy rules provide that, after payment of debts, the balance of your property is divided among various categories of relatives. Whether a particular person will benefit depends on the relationship of that person to you. This can lead to unexpected consequences.

For example, if you die a single person and your parents are still alive, they will receive all you property. If you have brothers and sisters they will receive nothing. The rules do not recognise any partner living with you so if you wish to make sure that your partner receives something you should make a Will.