What does ‘intestate’ mean?
If someone dies without leaving a will, it is referred to as dying intestate.
Who is entitled to claim an inheritance if a person dies without leaving a will?
Not all blood relatives who have survived a deceased person have an entitlement. Under the Administration of Estates Act 1925, if a person has died without leaving a will and there is no surviving spouse, people who are descended from a grandparent of the deceased could potentially be entitled to share in his or her estate.
If you are related by marriage (e.g. if the deceased person was your step-father or mother or your brother or sister-in-law – although your children might be entitled in the latter case), then you have no legal entitlement to share in that person’s estate.
Will I inherit the estate on my own?
This is unlikely. More often than not, there are other relatives who have a similar family relationship to the deceased.
Why can’t you tell me the value of the estate?
So, the value of the estate is unknown until we submit a claim on behalf of a potential beneficiary with all the identification required by the Treasury department.