Q:What happens if I die without a Will?
A: If your estate is worth more than £5,000, then your closest next of kin must apply to the Courts for the power to deal with your estate. This is by ‘Letters of Administration’, and it can take many months to process due to proving regulations. In some cases it takes years to sort out, which means that your family may suffer financially till it is sorted.
Note that when there is no Will; contrary to popular opinion, your estate will not necessarily pass to your spouse or partner after your death. The Government’s ‘Rules of Intestacy’ decide who gets what. And it may not be what you wanted. Your spouse may not get what you thought she will get.
An unmarried partner is treated as a single person and is no relation to you.