What are the probate laws for dying intestate?

Dying intestate means without having made a valid will.  Under these circumstances the Estate will then be divided up and distributed according to the English laws of probate.  This is known as “intestacy”.

It is never advisable to avoid preparing a will until you retire, or indeed not at all, as the Probate Office may then divide up your Estate in a way in which you would not have approved.  For instance, you may have had a disagreement with a brother or sister and not spoken for years.  If you have remarried, your children may receive nothing, or in the worst case scenario, if no blood relatives exist, your entire life savings and property may become the property of the Crown.

So where would your assets and savings go should you die right now, without having prepared a will?

If either of your parents is alive, they will inherit your Estate.  Should they both be deceased, then your full brothers and sisters or half brothers and sisters will be the next in line for inheritance.  If you were an only child, your grandparents if they are alive would be beneficiaries if you had no surviving parents and if this was not the case then the line would pass down to full uncles and aunts, half uncles and aunts until finally, the Probate Office would concede that no blood relatives were in existence, and the proceeds of your Estate would pass to the Crown.

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