A guide to how the Intestacy Rules in England and Wales apply
If you die without a Will in place, the money, property and possessions you leave behind will need to be distributed according to intestacy laws.
In England and Wales your estate would be distributed equally between your closest living relatives. It’s important to consider if this is what you want, as these relatives may not be who you’d choose to bequeath your estate to. If you have a partner you’re not married to, or any step-children, they would not be entitled to receive anything at all.
We’ve put together a flow chart to illustrate who would inherit your estate if you were to die without leaving a Will.