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What is ‘Intestacy’?
What is ‘partial intestacy’?
What are the risks of dying intestate?
What are the rules of intestacy?
How can I avoid intestacy?
In 2011 1901 people died on roads in the UK. Other statistics suggest that 900 of those will have died intestate.
But ask yourself … could you be next years statistic? And if so, what would be the consequences for your family?
It is never too early to make a Will, but too often it is too late.
In August 2008 the following was announced by the Ministry of Justice:-
"Spouses and civil partners to receive more when partner dies without leaving a Will.
Married couples and civil partners whose spouse or civil partner dies without leaving a Will are to benefit from an increase in the statutory legacy under proposals published by the Government today.”
The Government has acted after concerns that the levels of the statutory legacy, currently set at £125,000 and £200,000, were too low.
Justice Minister Bridget Prentice said:
"This increase will give extra protection to married couples and civil partners whose spouse or civil partner dies without making a Will. But it also highlights how important it is for both men and women to make arrangements for their loved ones in the event of their deaths."
"Married couples and civil partners should not assume that when their spouse or civil partner dies, they will automatically be entitled to everything. It is up to individuals to make sure that their wishes are respected by making a Will."
"My message to people is, don't leave it to chance. Make sure your loved ones are properly provided for by leaving a Will."
From the 1 February 2009 the new levels of the statutory legacy will increase to £250,000 and £450,000."
If you have married since you made your Will then your Will is automatically revoked (unless there is a contrary statement within your Will.) As a consequence if you have married after making your Will you will be deemed to have died intestate, and your estate will therefore be distributed in accordance with the Rules of Intestacy.
You should therefore review your existing Will prior to getting married or entering a civil partnership to ensure such a clause is included.