You may be like many people and think that, if you die without a will (‘intestate’), your money goes to the Crown. This is not the case.
If you die without a will after 1 October 2014, which is likely if you are reading this, here is what happens:
For deaths that occurred before 1 October 2014, the rules are somewhat more complicated.
An unmarried partner has no entitlement whatsoever under the intestacy rules and would need to apply for the court for ‘financial provision’ from the estate. It is important that unmarried couples have wills; this can avoid confusion and potential disputes between families and partners down the line.
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