Intestacy - who inherits if someone dies without a will?: Information based on your answers

The husband, wife or civil partner keeps all the assets (including property), up to £270,000, and all the personal possessions, whatever their value.

The remainder of the estate will be shared as follows:

  • the husband, wife or civil partner gets an absolute interest in half of the remainder
  • the other half is then divided equally between the surviving children

If a son or daughter (or other child where the deceased had a parental role) has already died, their children will inherit in their place.

Next steps

Read the guide to wills, probate and inheritance.

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Where did the deceased live?
England and Wales
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Is there a living husband, wife or civil partner?
Yes
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Is the estate likely to be worth more than £270,000?
Yes
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Are there any living children, grandchildren or other direct descendants (eg great-grandchildren)?
Yes
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