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The Rules of Intestacy

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If a person dies without leaving a will, or a valid will, then they are described as having died intestate.

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 provides the following rules:

If the person has children or grandchildren then the spouse or civil partner takes:

  1. all of the personal chattels (furniture, cars, jewellery, etc but not cash;) and
  2. £250,000; and
  3. 50% of anything remaining.

The other 50% of the remaining money or assets passes to the children.

If the person did not have a spouse or civil partner the estate passes to:

  1. the person’s children; if none
  2. the person’s parents; if none
  3. the person’s brothers and sisters, failing which to remoter relatives; if none
  4. to the Crown.

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