The Order of Inheritance

I am often asked what happens to a Deceased’s estate if they die without making a Will. This is called dying ‘intestate’.

The order of inheritance of an estate where the deceased has died intestate is as follows:

1. Spouse;

2. Children or if they are deceased, their issue;

3. Parents;

4. Brothers and sisters of the ‘whole blood’ (that is full siblings who share both a mother and a father) or, if deceased, their children (such children will divide their deceased parent’s share between them);

5. Brothers and sisters of the ‘half-blood’ (having one parent in common with the deceased) or, if deceased, their children;

6. Grandparents;

7. Uncles and aunts of the ‘whole blood’ or, if deceased, their children;

8. Uncles and aunts of the ‘half-blood’ or, if deceased, their children;

9. If there is none of the above, then the estate goes to the Crown, that is HM Treasury.

 

Details about making a claim under the Inheritance Act upon intestacy can be found here:

http://www.blanchardslaw.co.uk/blog/claims-under-the-inheritance-provision-for-family-and-dependants-act-1975

 

© By , June 2012