What is Intestacy?
If someone has died without making a Will, they are said to have died Intestate. In this situation, their estate would be divided between members of their family (spouses or blood relatives) who are entitled to make a claim.
However, if someone is cohabiting and has not made a Will, their partner is not automatically entitled to inherit anything. 74% of co-habiting couples do not have a Will, therefore we cannot stress how important it is to have a Will in place to avoid problems like this after you have gone.
What happens if there is no Will (Intestacy)?
If you are in this situation then it is vital you contact our Wills and Probate team straight away to be able to advise you of the next steps and help you through the process.
We will establish who is entitled to inherit from the estate and apply to the Court for permission to deal with the person’s estate and assets. We can help you with this and prepare the application for you.
Often in these situations problems can arise. We have had a lot of experience in dealing with this situation and conflicts can arise between family members over who should inherit what. If there is conflict then we can help.
We can help
For more information or to talk to one of our Wills and Probate experts about Intestacy please contact us at one of our offices across Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire in Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Newark and Sleaford.