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The Intestacy Provisions

If there is a husband, wife or civil partner, and children:

  • The spouse/civil partner gets the personal chattels, the first £250,000 and the income form half of the residue
  •  The children of the deceased, including illegitimate and adopted children, share between them half of the residue immediately and other half when the spouse dies.

If there is a husband, wife or civil partner, and relatives but no children:

  • The spouse/civil partner gets the personal chattels, the first £450,000 and half of the residue.
  • The parents of the deceased, or if they have died, the brothers and sisters or their descendants, share the other half of the residue.

If there is a surviving husband, wife or civil partner, but no other relatives:

  • The surviving spouse/civil partner gets everything.

If there are children, but no living husband, wife or civil partner:

  • The children share everything equally.

If there is no husband, wife, civil partner or children:

  • Everything goes to the parents of the deceased, or if they have died, the brothers and sisters or their descendants. If there are none more distant blood relatives will benefit.

If there is none of the above:

  • Everything goes to the Crown.

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