Wills, Trusts & Probate
Probate without a will, also known as intestacy, presents a unique set of challenges in the UK's legal landscape. When an individual passes away without a will, the distribution of their estate is governed by specific rules, and the process involves obtaining a Grant of Letters of Administration.
When it comes to making important decisions about healthcare and personal matters, individuals have legal tools at their disposal to ensure their wishes are honoured. Two commonly used instruments are the Living Will and the Lasting Power of Attorney. Although both serve similar purposes, they differ in significant ways.
A person who dies without leaving a will is said to have died ‘intestate’ and their estate (their money and property) will be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules. Normally, only married or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit under the rules of intestacy.