What happens if you die without a Will?
Still not made a Will? The good news is the Government has made one for you. It’s called the Laws of Intestacy. The bad news is this is what it says …
Financial problems will be the last thing you want to leave your loved ones after your death. But if you die without making a Will, that’s exactly what could happen.
If you’ve not made a Will yet, your wishes are taken away from you. Instead, the Laws of Intestacy come into play … and that can spell bad news for your loved ones.
To My Family
I hereby leave you several months, maybe years, of financial hardship and hassle while you sort out my affairs.
To my Spouse
I hereby leave you most (but perhaps not all) of everything I own.
To my Partner
You may well get nothing.
To my Children
I hereby leave you the remainder of my estate and I give you the authority to enforce the sale of any part of it (including the family home) to realise your inheritance.
To Social Services
If my children are orphaned I give you the authority of guardianship and the power to choose who shall look after them, including allocating them to foster parents.
I hereby leave you all the tax that I could have avoided if I had done the necessary planning.
To my Bank and/or Solicitor
I hereby give you the authority to charge by estate whatever is necessary to sort out the mess I leave behind. I realise that this could make you one of the beneficiaries of my estate.
To anyone else who I wanted to leave something to
I leave you nothing.
Signed on behalf of the deceased by
Please click here to download a summary of the Intestacy provisions in England and Wales 2019.
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