Intestacy - who inherits if someone dies without a will?

If you are married / in a civil partnership in the UK and have children…the husband, wife or civil partner keeps all the assets (including property), up to £250,000, and all the personal possessions, whatever their value.


The remainder of the estate will be shared as follows:

  • the husband, wife or civil partner gets an absolute interest in half of the remainder
  • the other half is then divided equally between the surviving children

If a son or daughter (or other child where the deceased had a parental role) has already died, their children will inherit in their place.

To check alternative scenarios… Government Website

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