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					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.

				
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