What happens to my estate if I don’t make a will?

If you die without having made a Will, your estate is distributed according to the laws of Intestacy. These laws include a set list of people who it regards should benefit from your estate, however, the list might not contain the people you had envisaged.

It is a common misconception that in the event of your death, everything will pass automatically to your spouse.

Only if you have no other close living relatives will this happen. Similarly, if you do not make a Will, complicated legal disputes can arise over the question of “who gets what”.

Making a Will is the only way to ensure that you decide how your property and possessions are distributed after your death. Our Wills and Probate solicitors are here to ensure you receive professional advice and support.