A Will is a legal document that sets out who you want to inherit your possessions, your property and your money after you die. If you haven’t made a valid will before you die, your property and assets will be distributed according to the intestacy rules.
Unmarried partners and partners who have not registered a civil partnership do not automatically inherit from each other unless there is a Will, because they are not included in the list of people that inherit under the intestacy rules. They can only claim a share of the estate if specific circumstances exist that mean that they qualify to claim against the estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family & Dependents) Act 1975.
Thousands of people die every year without making a will or without one that has been properly drafted. Ensure your loved ones have peace of mind and do not have to cope with additional financial stress at a time of bereavement.
If there are no surviving relatives who can inherit under the rules of intestacy, the estate passes to the Crown.