Call us on: 0161 371 0011
We're on YOUR side!

OTHER AREAS:

Testimonials

Testimonials

Berkeley Solicitors is a rarity-a social conscience who really cares. I would have no reservation in recommending them to anyone in need of a caring, competent solicitor.
K.K., Tameside

Call Us at
0161 371 0011

Who gets my estate if there is no will?

I live in England or Wales

Rules change from 1 October 2014. Read on to see how it works now (for deaths after 01/10/14).
I’m married or in a civil partnership with no children. Your entire estate will go to your surviving partner, regardless of how much it is worth.

I’m married or in a civil partnership with children

The first £250,000 of your estate will go to your surviving partner. Anything above this amount will be split; half to your surviving partner and half between your surviving children (held in trust for them if they’re under 18).

I’m unmarried or single with no children

Even if you lived with your partner, your surviving partner will inherit NOTHING. Your estate will be shared between your surviving parents and if they are not alive, it will go to your closest blood relative eg, brother or sister. If you have no surviving blood relatives, your estate will go to the Crown.

I’m unmarried or single with children

Even if you lived with your partner, your surviving partner will inherit NOTHING. Your estate will be shared between your surviving children.

I live in Northern Ireland

We’ve set out how it works below, but the rules are a bit complicated, so for full details see the NI Government website. In short…

I’m married or in a civil partnership with no children

The first £450,000 of the estate and household personal possessions including cars (in England and Wales this counts as part of the estate), will go to the surviving partner. Anything above this amount will be shared among other surviving blood relatives in order of closeness, eg, parents, siblings, half siblings etc.

I’m married or in a civil partnership with children

The first £250,000 of the estate and household personal possessions including cars, will go to the surviving partner. Anything above this amount is called the residue and will be shared between the surviving partner and the surviving children. If there is one child the residue is split in half. If there is more than one child the surviving partner gets a third of the residue. The children split equally two thirds of the residue (regardless if there are two kids or seven).

I’m unmarried or single with no children

Even if you lived with your partner, your surviving partner will inherit NOTHING. Your estate will be shared between your surviving parents and other blood relatives (in descending order). If you have no surviving blood relatives, your estate will go to the Crown.

I’m unmarried or single with children

Even if you lived with your partner, your surviving partner will inherit NOTHING. Your estate will be shared between your surviving children.

I live in Scotland

Rules are a little more complicated than for the rest of the UK and are dependent on how much your property is worth, how much you have in cash savings and the value of any furniture you own. Rules are further complicated by whether or not you have any surviving children.

For more information contact Adrian 01613710011 or adrian@claim.co.uk.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close