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Intestacy Rules - What happens when there is no Will?

If your loved one dies without leaving a valid Will, there are strict rules in place known as the ‘Intestacy Rules’ which decide how their estate is divided.

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Intestacy Rules - What happens when there is no Will?

When you die without leaving a valid Will, there are strict rules in place known as the ‘Intestacy Rules’ which decide how your estate is divided. The rules have no regard for your previous relationships with those people, which can mean your estate passes to an estranged family member.

The only way to truly guarantee that your estate is given to whom you wish is to write a Will.  Our specialist team at Banner Jones can guide you through the different types of Wills so that we prepare the right one to suit your circumstances.  Families can be complex and it’s important to have a Will written that reflects your wishes properly.

For more information or to make an appointment please call 03300176309.


What are the Intestacy Rules?

The Intestacy rules which are enforced when there is no Will, are as follows:

If you’re married or in a civil partnership and you die intestate, your spouse or civil partner will NOT automatically receive all of your estate. They will only receive your personal possessions, along with:

  • From 26th July 2023, the first £322,000 of your estate, personal chattels and half of the rest of the estate. The other half of the estate will go to any children, grandchildren or great grandchildren.
  • If you have no children then they will get all of the rest of your estate
  • If your estate is worth less than £322,000 your spouse or civil partner will inherit the whole of your estate and your children will receive nothing.

If you are going through a divorce we advise that you write a new Will without delay. If anything were to happen before the relationship legally ends your spouse would still be entitled to inherit, and depending on the value of the estate your children may get nothing.

Please note:

  • Step-children are not considered to be your children and will not be provided for under the intestacy rules. You must legally adopt them or write a Will to ensure they are provided for
  • The law does not recognise “common law” partners, if you are cohabiting and have not made a Will there is no guarantee that the partner will benefit
  • If you have joint bank accounts, the account passes automatically by survivorship to the other joint account holder
  • In most cases your home is the biggest asset during your lifetime, which in turn can make the life insurance pay out significant upon death. Only a Will can guarantee where this goes and how it is divided
  • The way in which you own property and land together can make a difference to who inherits it upon death. 

Recent case example

Mr B came to make a Will even though he is not married and has no children. He has just purchased a property in his sole name therefore has decided to make a Will. He did this because he was aware that if he died without having made a Will, his estate would pass to his biological father under the intestacy rules. Mr B has no relationship with his biological father, his mother has already passed away and therefore he does not wish his father to inherit anything from him. By making a Will Mr B has now ensured that his assets/estate will pass to whom he wants to benefit.

By leaving a valid Will that says clearly who should get your property and money when you die, you can prevent unnecessary distress at an already difficult time for your family or friends. We’ve seen unmarried parents have to sue their own children to get a share of their partner’s estate when their partner dies, simply because the law states that in this situation the children get everything.

The word ‘valid’ is the key here as someone may think they are covered as they’ve written a Will at home, but if it has not been witnessed properly for example then it will be deemed invalid and the intestacy rules will still then apply.

What happens if there is no Will?

 If you die intestate leaving no surviving spouse or civil partner, your estate will be distributed in the following order, which is:

  • If you have children (including legally adopted), they will inherit all of your estate in equal shares when they reach 18 (or if they marry before 18). If a child has already died, his or her children (the grandchildren) will inherit their share of the estate.
  • If there are no children, your surviving parents will inherit your estate in equal shares.
  • If there are none of the above, your brothers and sisters will inherit in equal shares. If a brother or sister has already died, their children (your nieces and nephews) will inherit their share of the estate.
  • If there are none of the above, your half-brothers and half-sisters will inherit your estate. If a half-brother or half-sister has died, their children will inherit their share of the estate.
  • If there are none of the above, your grandparents will inherit your estate in equal shares.
  • If there are none of the above, your aunties and uncles will inherit your estate. If an auntie or uncle has already died, their children (your cousins) will receive their share of the estate.
  • If there are none of the above, your half-aunties and half-uncles will inherit your estate. If a half-auntie or half-uncle has already died, their children will inherit their share of the estate.
  • If you have no surviving blood relatives, your estate is passed to the Crown.

Why Use Banner Jones?

Solicitors are Insured

Solicitors are insured and regulated. Will writers are not. Protect your family properly.

Solicitors are Insured

  • We have offices in Chesterfield, Sheffield, Dronfield and Mansfield
  • Highly regarded team of qualified Will Writers
  • FREE secure Will storage for life
  • Members of 'The National Will register'
  • Appointments not always necessary
  • Quick turnaround
  • Home / Hospital visits available
  • Witnesses provided
  • We'll give you tax advice as part of the process
  • Fixed Fee Promise on all Wills
  • We will cover every detail leaving you able to relax

For more information about Wills, or to arrange an appointment, call 0344 558 5329* or email
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Mrs W, Warsop

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Mr M, Chesterfield

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Mr W, Chesterfield

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Mr W, Nottinghamshire

Kat, the solicitor who assisted in arranging for the deputyship for my mother was extremely helpful in what I call distressing time where control of my mothers affairs have been passed onto me. Many thanks Kat for the pleasantness.

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Ms E, Chesterfield

I would just like to pass on my comments with regards to the first class service we received with the estate of my dear late mother.

We have been dealing with Banner Jones and I would like to say they have been excellent throughout. We have found them to be extremely efficient, helpful, understanding and friendly at this difficult time.

Also very accommodating with appointments as I work full time.

I would also comment she was very patient in dealing with my elderly father who struggles with severe hearing difficulty.

I have no hesitation in using your services again, we will shortly be making appointments to update the will for my father and in due course I will also be updating my own will with Banner Jones as all of our family affairs are with your company.

I will have no hesitation in recommending Banner Jones Solicitors to others, once again, thank you to you all.

Ms Carpenter

Banner Jones & Kat Wheeldon's help has got me through this last year. Their help and kindness was without doubt invaluable.

Mrs W, Chesterfield

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Mrs R, Chesterfield

Excellent service! Becasue of illnesses, my new will from start to signing took half a day!

Mrs B, Nottingham

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Mr B & Mrs M, Chesterfield

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Mr & Mrs L

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Very happy with all aspects of my treatment at Banner Jones. Thank you very much Katie.

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Mr & Mrs B, Chesterfield

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Mrs P, Chesterfield

Natalie at Banner Jones helped us update our Wills. She was very thorough whilst being sensitive to our situation She made it an easy, simple process. We recieved our Wills quickly and completed the matter within 3 weeks!

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Many thanks to Katie Woodward for her wonderful assistance.

Mr & Mrs C, Chesterfield

Very pleased with the service recieved. Natalie was a very pleasant and efficient person to deal with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend your services. Thank you.

Mrs B, Chesterfield

Extremely satisfied with the service provided by Katie (and Ellie) in a very professional, friendly manner. The making of the Wills was handled sensitively, thank you.

Mr & Mrs P, Mansfield

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Mr M & Dr R, Sheffield

We used Kat Wheeldon at Banner Jones for our Wills and Powers of Attorney. We always had a friendly but professional service. Details were explained clearly so that we understood exactly what was involved and required. Fees weere explained straight away. We shall return to Banner Jones for any further legal work.

Mr & Mrs Diprose

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Mr & Mrs C, Chesterfield

I have recieved help and advice from Katie Woodward, she is kind, considerate and professional. I would be pleased to recommend her to friends, family and colleagues. Many thanks.

Ms A, Chesterfield

I have been with this solicitors since the 60's and I have always been happy with this company. I was very happy with seeing Amy about my Will, she was very helpful.

Miss W, Mansfield

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Ms L, Chesterfield

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Mr & Mrs B, Mansfield

Thank you so much for your excellent service in helping me making a Will.

Mrs B, Mansfield

We were very happy with the service provided.

Mr & Mrs W, Dronfield

Thank you all for your kindness and support in a very sad time in my life, you have helped so much.

Mrs W, Chesterfield

On behalf of Darren and myself I would like to thank you both for all your help and assistance in this matter.

Excellent and efficient throughout and handled with a professional and sensitive approach.

Mr T & Mr D

I would like to thank you for the friendly, and efficient way you have dealt with me. Thank you.

Mrs L, Dronfield

All staff we came into contact with were very professional. A quick and efficient service.

Mr & Mrs T

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Mr & Mrs W, Nottinghamshire

Because we are in our 90's and only essentially amending our Wills, Amy was very patient and extremely sensitive to our situation. She explained the issues involved in a manner whcih was very easy to understand. She gave us a great deal on confidence and we were extremely happy with the outcome.

Mr & Mrs W, Mansfield

All staff (off all levels) were very friendly & helpful. Tea/ coffees were made available at the outset and not as an afterthought. I can see no reason at all to not use Banner Jones again for any other aspects of my affairs! Thank you!

Mr M, Chesterfield

A pleasing seamless experience. Very helpful and knowledgable staff. Thank you.

Mrs P, Dronfield

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Mrs F, Mansfield

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Mrs A, Mansfield

Very friendly and plenty of time and patience to explain every detail.

Mr B & Mrs S, Mansfield

Banner Jones are excellent. I would definitely recommend to anyone.

Mrs F, Sheffield

Very pleased with the whole process. Amy was very helpful and understanding.

Mr & Mrs R, Mansfield

Amy was very kind and helpful. Always polite and goes the extra mile to source help.

Mrs L, Mansfield

Thank you Anna and Natalie - This was a great experience as you made everything go so smoothly. We very much appreciate you working within our tight timeframe.

Mr & Mrs W, Derbyshire

I found the whole service extremely friendly and professional.

Mr & Mrs B, Chesterfield

As far as I am concerned, Kat Wheeldon's service at Banner Jones is excellent.

Mrs W, Chesterfield

I do not see a need for any improvement at Banner Jones. You were very helpful, efficient, and very approachable.

Mrs G, Chesterfield

5 stars across the board!

Advised me about my Will. The lady was very knowledgeable, clear, friendly and punctual.

Mrs W, Matlock

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Mr & Mrs W, Chesterfield

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