When a person dies without leaving a Will, their estate is distributed in accordance with the rules of intestacy.
Many people assume that an unmarried partner (sometimes incorrectly referred to as a common-law spouse) has legal standing. Unfortunately under the rules of intestacy this is not the case and the surviving partner is not entitled to inherit anything.
While it’s not possible to reduce the emotional blow of losing a family member or partner, having a valid Will can lessen the practical and financial impact. A professionally drafted Will is the cornerstone of making life easier for those you leave behind. The way you write it can affect the IHT your loved ones may have to pay, and it gives you greater control as to who receives what and when.