What happens if I don’t have a Will when I die?
Dying without a proper Will is called dying ‘intestate’.
This means the responsibility of deciding what happens to your money, property or personal possessions is left up to the court. Sadly, this often means that your personal wishes are not taken in to account as they’re simply not known.
What are the rules of intestacy?
If you don’t have a Will, managing your estate can become difficult.
The rules of intestacy are designed as a legal safety net to protect your possessions. It also serves to prevent a free-for-all situation where just about anybody lays claim to your possessions, property and money.
However, when the rules of intestacy take over, your personal wishes aren’t known – and therefore can’t be acted upon. This could mean that people you wanted to benefit from your estate don’t, and people you didn’t want to benefit do.
It also means that the handling of your personal finances and property can become quite challenging for your relatives. In some cases, this can mean expensive legal proceedings and unfortunately, it can also mean family disputes.
All this can be avoided with a Will. That’s why we always recommend a proper, legally binding document that sets out your wishes.
At Temperley Taylor, our intestate lawyers are some of the most experienced in the Manchester region. For more information on how Temperley Taylor can help you, contact our Middleton office on 0161 643 2411 or our Heywood office on 01706 623 511.
What happens if a loved one dies without a Will?
Losing a loved one who didn’t have a Will can put you in a very tough position. Dealing with their estate can become a very time consuming and costly affair. Not to mention, it can take its toll on your family.
That’s where we come in. We can help you to arrive at a cost-effective solution which saves you the time and hassle of complicated legal issues.
Our team of Will and probate solicitors have dealt with many complex cases over the years and they’ll work hard to ensure the outcome is fair and beneficial for everyone
How we can help you
If a loved one has died without a Will and you’re dealing with intestacy, you should get in touch right away. Our team can then talk you through your options going forward and deal with the complexities of the court for you.
When we start an intestacy case, we’ll:
- Work out who the administrators are in your case
- Explain the role and responsibility of the administrator
- Go through the benefits of using a legal representative to act on your behalf
From there, we can take on the responsibility and liability of administering the estate in a fair, just and timely manner.
If you’d like to know more, call our Middleton office on 0161 643 2411, or our Heywood office on 01706 623 511. Alternatively, you can send us an online enquiry using our form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.