What happens if I die without a will?

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The legal term for this is dying “intestate” because your estate (the assets that you own when you die) will be distributed in accordance with the laws of Intestacy. Intestacy may not be ideal for various reasons:

1.       Unmarried couples are not treated the same as a legal spouse

2.       Children will receive their inheritance at 18 and this may not be suitable

3.       In a will you may be able to appoint guardians to bring your children up

4.       The people who inherit your estate under Intestacy may not be the people you would wish to do so. This could be spouse, children, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces or nephews depending on your circumstances

5.       In a will you can appoint executors to deal with your estate on your behalf and ensure the beneficiaries you identify receive their gifts left in your will. With intestacy, somebody close to you will make the decision about who deals with your estate as an administrator

If you are interested in discussing putting a will in place then please get in touch with a member of our specialist probate team who will be on hand to answer any queries that you may have.

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