RULES OF INTESTACY
FLOW CHART

        Was the deceased married?
 
       
      YES ↓    ←            → NO ↓      
Spouse will receive all of estate. NO  ←

Was the estate worth more than £250,000?

 

 

 

Does the deceased have any surviving children?

YES Estate shared equally between them.
      YES ↓ NO ↓      
Spouse will receive the deceased’s personal chattels, first £250,000 and life interest of half the residue. Children receive the rest split equally between them. YES Does the deceased have any surviving children?

Does the deceased have any surviving grandchildren or great grandchildren?
 

YES

Estate shared equally between them.

      NO ↓ NO ↓      
Spouse will receive the deceased’s personal chattels, first £450,000 and half the residue. Parents receive the balance.

 

YES

 ← Does the deceased have any surviving parents?

Does the deceased have any surviving parents?

YES

Estate shared equally between them.

      NO ↓ NO ↓      
Spouse will receive the deceased’s personal chattels, first £450,000 and half the residue. Siblings receive the balance.

YES

 ← Does the deceased have any surviving siblings?

Does the deceased have any surviving siblings?

YES

Estate shared equally between them.

      NO ↓ NO ↓      
Spouse will receive the deceased’s personal chattels, first £450,000 and half the residue. Nieces and nephews receive the balance. YES  ← Does the deceased have any surviving nieces or nephews?
 
Does the deceased have any surviving nieces or nephews? YES

Estate shared equally between them.

      NO ↓ NO ↓      
      Spouse receives the whole of the estate.

 

Does the deceased have any surviving grandparents?
 

YES

Estate shared equally between them.

        NO ↓      
       

Does the deceased have any surviving aunts or uncles?
 

YES

Estate shared equally between them.

        NO ↓      
       

Does the deceased have any surviving cousins?
 

YES

Estate shared equally between them.

        NO ↓      
       

Crown will receive the estate.

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