The husband, wife or civil partner keeps all the assets (including property), up to £250,000, 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.

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Where did the deceased live? England and Wales
Is there a living husband, wife or civil partner? Yes
Is the estate likely to be worth more than £250,000? Yes
Are there any living children, grandchildren or other direct descendants (eg great-grandchildren)? Yes