What happens if you die without a Will? A summary of the intestacy provisions as they apply to the distribution of an intestate estate. Have any of Have any of your parents Is your estate your children or Is your estate or brothers/sisters of the Everything goes YES worth more than YES other issue2 NO worth more than YES whole blood or their NO to spouse3 £250,000 survived you? £450,000 issue2 survived you? Has your spouse3 survived you by NO YES NO YES 28 days1 Spouse3 gets personal Spouse3 gets personal Everything goes effects, first £250,000 and Everything goes effects, first £450,000 NO to spouse3 a life interest in half the to spouse3 & half of the residue YES residue. Children or their absolutely. The other half issue2 get other half of of the residue to the parents Are you married residue absolutely at age 18. absolutely. If no parents START They will also receive the survive, the other half of the HERE or a registered civil partner? other half of the residue in residue is share equally Everything goes which spouse has life between brothers and to the Crown interest upon the death sisters of the whole blood NO of the spouse.3 or their issue.2 NO Have any of Have any of Have any of Have any of Have any of Has any your children or Has any parent your brothers or your brothers or your aunts or your aunts or NO NO NO NO grandparent NO NO their issue2 survived you? sisters of the sisters of the uncles of the uncles of the survived you? survived you? whole blood half blood whole blood half blood (or their issue2) (or their issue2) (or their issue2) (or their issue2) survived you? survived you? survived you? survived you? YES YES YES YES YES YES YES Shared equally Shared equally Shared equally Shared equally Shared equally Shared equally Shared equally between them or between the between the between the aunts between the aunts between them between them their issue2 brothers and sisters brothers and sisters and uncles of the and uncles of the (any value) (any value) (any value) of the whole blood of the half blood whole blood or half blood or or their issue2 or their issue2 their issue2 their issue2 (any value) (any value) (any value) (any value) NOTES 1 Your spouse will benefit only if he or she survives you by 28 days. If your spouse does not survive for this period, your estate will be dealt with as if you had not been married. 2 ‘Issue’ means children (including illegitimate and adopted children but not step-children), grandchildren and great-grandchildren etc. Issue will benefit only if their parent has pre-deceased you. Issue benefit ‘per stirpes’ for example: Where a person who would have inherited has All Probate and Estate Administration services are undertaken by The Co-operative Trust Corporation Limited. pre-deceased you leaving 2 surviving children, that person’s share is divided and passed to their children in 2 equal shares. Co-operative Legal Services is a trading name of The Co-operative Trust Corporation Limited, part of The Co-operative Group Limited. 3 ‘Spouse’ also includes any person who is registered as a civil partner, as defined in the Civil Partnership Act 2004.