What Happens If You Don’t Have a Will?

In today’s world, planning for the future is more crucial than ever, particularly when it comes to legal matters such as Wills and estate planning.

As one of the UK’s leading law firms, we understand the complexities surrounding Wills and the impact of life changes – such as marriage or entering into a civil partnership – on them. Download our PDF below for free, as we delve into these topics and highlight when professional legal advice is necessary.

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The Consequences of Not Having a Will

  • Navigating the Intestacy Rules: In the absence of a Will when you die, your estate falls under the ‘intestacy rules’. These rules dictate how your assets are divided, but they might not align with your personal desires or the needs of your loved ones.
  • Potential for Unintended Outcomes: Without a Will, there’s a risk that your estate might not be distributed as you would have intended. This could particularly impact relatives or significant others who are not recognised under the intestacy rules, like stepchildren or unmarried partners.
  • Complexity and Emotional Strain: Dealing with an estate without a Will can be a lengthy and complex process. It often adds unnecessary stress and strain during an already difficult time for your family and loved ones.

If you’re interested, check out our dedicated blog on why a will is so important.

The Effects of Marriage/Civil Partnerships on Wills

  • A Legal Transformation: One of the least known yet significant effects of marriage or entering into a civil partnership is its impact on your existing Will. It’s a common misconception that your Will remains unaffected by such life events. However, the truth is quite the contrary.
  • Understanding Revocation: When you marry or enter a civil partnership, your existing Will is automatically revoked. This isn’t just a minor legal footnote; it’s a complete overhaul of your estate planning. Without a valid Will, the state steps in, and your assets are distributed based on standard legal protocols, not your personal wishes.

For more information, check out our FAQ guide on wills.

How We Can Help

Our team, led by our experienced Senior Associate, Rachel Jones, is dedicated to providing accessible and relevant legal services. We offer:

  • Tailored Advice: Understanding that each situation is unique, we provide personalised advice to ensure your estate is managed according to your wishes.
  • Free Initial Consultation: We offer a complimentary half-hour consultation to discuss your needs and how we can assist you.
  • Convenient Access: With offices in Brighton, Hove, and Hassocks, we are well-placed to serve clients across Sussex and Surrey.

Our team is here to guide you through the process of Will creation, offering expert advice and peace of mind. Contact us today to ensure that your estate planning reflects your current life situation and future wishes.

By Published On: December 15th, 2023Categories: Resources

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