If you don’t have a Will when you pass away, your money, property and possessions will be shared out according to the law instead of your wishes. This can mean that they pass to someone you didn’t expect or that someone you wanted to pass things on to, ends up with nothing.
When a person dies without leaving a valid Will, their property (the estate) must be shared out according to certain rules. These are called the rules of intestacy.
Only married or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit under the rules of intestacy. If there is no Will a court will use the law to make many decisions about what happens to your assets and about who will take care of your child or children.
Making a Will is your opportunity to make a clear plan that safeguards your children and the property that you want to leave to them.
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Intestacy rules state what happens when there isn’t a Will in place, including who can and can’t inherit. The rules state who your estate will be divided between.
What happens depends on the value of the estate and whether you are married or in a civil partnership. That may determine whether your child receives anything from your estate. To find out more, speak to our expert Wills team today.
Who will care for your child or children?
If you pass away and your children do not have another capable parent to take care of them, a court will appoint a personal guardian to raise them. Having a Will means you can be clear who you want to be named and you can provide your reasoning.
You will also need someone to look after your children’s finances until they turn 18. You can name the same person that you named to be the children’s personal guardian, or you can choose someone different.
How we can help
Using our experienced Will specialists and their wealth of knowledge, we are able to offer expert advice on all the options for drafting your Will based on your specific circumstances
We are able to explain clearly the legal issues and provide open, honest and professional advice.
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To speak to our Private Client solicitors today, simply call us on 0161 929 0121, or allow a member of the team to get back to you by filling in our online contact form. We are well known across the country and can assist wherever you are based. We also have offices based in Cheshire and London.