Intestacy

8.45.4.L6 Updated on:4 November 2021

The information given below is for general guidance only.

If the deceased is unmarried
Leaving children Children share estate in equal parts. If any child dies before the deceased, that child’s share goes in equal shares to their children
Leaving no children but leaving siblings or issue of siblings Brothers and sisters share the estate in equal shares. Half-siblings inherit only half a share.
If any siblings/half-siblings pre-decease the deceased their children inherit that share / half share.
Leaving no children or siblings
Parents alive
Parents inherit whole estate
Leaving no children or siblings
Mother deceased
Father living
Father inherits whole estate
Leaving no children or siblings
Father deceased
Mother living
Mother inherits whole estate
Leaving no children or siblings
Father deceased
Mother deceased
Uncles, aunts and/or cousins living
Uncles and aunts share the estate equally, half-uncles/aunts taking half share. If any is deceased then their children inherit that share.
Leaving no children or siblings
Father deceased
Mother deceased
Uncles, aunts and/or cousins all deceased
Grandparents living
They inherit everything in the following order:
1. Paternal grandfather
2. Paternal grandmother
3. Maternal grandfather
4. Maternal grandmother
Leaving no children or siblings
Father deceased
Mother deceased
Uncles, aunts and/or cousins all deceased
Grandparents deceased
Great uncles/aunts or their issue living
Great uncles and aunts and their issue inherit in equal shares. If any are deceased their issue does NOT inherit the share.
Leaving no children or siblings
Father deceased
Mother deceased
Uncles, aunts and/or cousins all deceased
Grandparents deceased
Great uncles/aunts or their issue deceased
Crown inherits the estate.