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What happens if you die without a Will?

If you have not made a Will your estate could be distributed in a way you don't expect. Taking this risk could have a big impact on your family and loved ones who are left behind, both personally and for tax reasons. Writing a Will allows you to choose how much is left to each family member and to pass on your estate to an unmarried partner. If you have young children you can decide who you want to become their guardian if necessary. Other decisions can be made too, for example to donate to a chosen charity or cause, or give gifts to friends.

The chart below applies to permanent residents of England and Wales, the Intestacy rules are different for residents of Scotland. Your local branch can provide you with an information tool explaining the Scottish rules.

What can you do next?

Book a My Review during which we can discuss if you may need a Will, or updating an existing one if your circumstances have changed. Will referral is a service provided by Skipton Trustees Limited; Will writing is provided by Redstone Wills Limited. View our Partnership Charter for more details.

What happens if you die without a Will

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