If you die without having made a Will (intestate) your property will be distributed in accordance with a set of legal rules. You can only avoid the application of these rules by making a Will.
The intestacy rules make some financial provision for husbands, wives and children, but probably not as much as you would wish – for example, your husband/wife may not receive all your property. The intestacy rules make no provision for unmarried partners. The only way they may benefit is by bringing a court action.
If you leave children under the age of 18, their entitlement will be held on trust – but the terms of these trusts are rigid and inflexible. If you make a Will you can provide for your children in a modern, less cumbersome way.
Friends and charities whom you might wish to remember will not benefit under the intestacy rules.
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