Intestacy – a change to who inherits what when you die?
The intestacy laws of England and Wales can differ significantly from those in other countries – for instance the starting point is that you can leave your estate to whoever you like, whereas in some countries you are obliged by law to leave certain things to certain people. Of course, if someone dies without a will then the law steps in over here, too.
There has been a recent case on the law regarding claims by family members against an estate and the law commission are looking at revising the law.
The law commission often produces reports on the current state of the law and recommendations as to how it can be approved – their consultation on the intestacy laws and family provision is worth a look as it could end up affecting your own estate.