What happens to your Estate when you die without a will?

Intestacy refers to a condition of dying without having made a valid will. When a person dies “intestate”, the distribution of any money and other assets (the deceased’s “estate”) among surviving family members is governed by a set of legal rules known as the intestacy rules (as set out in the Administration of Estates Act 1925) these rules determine who gets what if you die without making a will.

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*Note that these figures have changed over the years. If considering rules in relation to a death which has already occurred, the figure in force at the date of that death must be used. The figures shown apply for deaths on or after 1st February 2009.

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