Intestacy Solicitor Bristol

Meade King has an experienced Tax and Estate Planning Department with specialist qualified staff who will be happy to deal with administration of the deceased's estate on your behalf. We can do as little or as much of that estate administration as you require.

If someone dies without leaving a Will then they are said to die intestate. In these circumstances the law determines who inherits the deceased's estate and who is entitled to administer that estate under the intestacy rules.

Under the intestacy rules the order of priority of people entitled to be appointed to administer the deceased's estate is as follows:
• Surviving spouse/registered civil partner (but not cohabitees), children, parents, brothers/sisters, grandparents and uncles/aunts.

It is a commonly held view that if someone dies intestate the deceased's spouse or civil partner will inherit the deceased's entire estate. This is not the case and instead that estate will be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules, which have been briefly set out below.

If the deceased dies:

Leaving a spouse/civil partner and children, the spouse/civil partner will inherit:

• All of the deceased's personal chattels (such as household contents, jewellery)

• A lump sum of £250,000,

• A life interest (a right to income but not capital) in half of the remainder of the deceased's estate (residuary estate)

• The deceased's children will receive one half of the residuary estate absolutely, with the remaining half share being held on trust for the surviving spouse/civil partner and on the death of the surviving spouse/civil partner that half share in the residuary estate will also pass to the deceased's children.

Leaving a spouse/civil partner but no children, then the spouse/civil partner will receive:

• All of the personal chattels

• A lump sum of £450,000, and

• Half of the residuary estate absolutely. The remaining half of the residuary estate will pass to the deceased's close relatives such as parents, brothers and sisters, aunts/uncles etc.

Leaving a cohabitee with/without children:

• The cohabitee has no right to benefit under the intestacy rules and will not receive any benefit from the deceased's estate. They may be entitled to make a claim against the deceased's estate, but there is no guarantee that claim will be successful.

If there are children of the deceased, the children will receive everything absolutely under the intestacy rules.

If the deceased had no children then other blood relatives will benefit from the deceased's estate.

Other Helpful Links

Direct Gov - Death and Bereavement

Team contact

There is the potential for mistakes to be made if the intestacy rules are not fully understood.

If you would like any further information then please do not hesitate to contact:

Vanessa Eyre or

Samantha Piper

In the event that Vanessa or Samantha are not available then please ask to speak to a member of the Personal Estate Planning Team.

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