What does it mean if someone dies intestate?

If someone dies intestate in England and Wales, it means that they had no valid will place in place at the time of death. In such circumstances, the rules of intestacy determine the distribution of the estate.

These laws dictate the inheritance process that must be followed which is based on familial relationships – effectively, who receives what. Intestacy rules also apply in cases of partial intestacy, where only part of the estate is covered by a will.

As probate genealogists, we encounter intestate estates on a daily basis and understand the nuances involved.

Curious to know more? Then click this link to our article that outlines the implications of intestacy and the legal guidelines for estate distribution in such scenarios.

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  • Finding missing beneficiaries named in a will
  • Locating legally entitled relatives in intestacy cases
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Feel free to contact our dedicated Private Client team who deal solely with instructions received from legal professionals on legal@angliaresearch.co.uk or call on 0800 033 4034.

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