11 September 2015
What Happens if I Die Without Leaving a Will?
Writing a Will is probably not at the top of most people’s to-do list, especially if you are fit and healthy and are enjoying life to the full.
You may have more important things to worry about such as paying bills, stresses at work or at home, relationships or children. Anything could seem more important than writing a Will. But what happens to all of your property and possessions if you suddenly died?
If you have a Will, your loved ones wouldn’t or shouldn’t have any issues over the contents of your Will. There are some instances where families can disagree about certain aspects of a Will after their loved one has passed away. If this is the case, a specialist probate solicitor should be instructed to help resolve matters efficiently.
If you die unexpectedly without leaving a Will, your property and possessions (also known as your estate) will be shared out according to the rules of intestacy.
Under the rules of intestacy you have no say who inherits what from your estate. In some circumstances even your spouse may not inherit all of your estate.
In some cases there have been Wills drafted which aren’t legally valid under UK law. In these circumstances the rules of intestacy will apply, which means the wishes of the deceased will not be taken into account.
So if you care about what happens to your estate after you die and you want certain people to inherit certain things that you once cherished, whatever your age, health and fitness status, write a Will. It’ll make things easier for your loved ones after you’re gone when they have the added stresses of dealing with the grief of their loss.
To discuss any queries about Will writing or any other aspect of Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate, call the experts at Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online and we'll be happy to help you.