The Citizens Advice Bureau has recently reported that the number of enquiries about people who have died without making a will has more than doubled over the last 5 years.
According to a YouGov survey two thirds of the British adult population do not have a will.
Queries regarding intestacy problems have more than doubled with queries regarding probate increasing at similar levels. The CAB outlines a common case study that many of us will have direct experience of;
Example: Tom and Heather are married and own their flat jointly as beneficial joint tenants. They have a child called Selma. Tom dies intestate leaving the jointly-owned flat worth £300,000, and £50,000 in shares in his own name. The flat goes automatically to Heather. This leaves an estate of £50,000 which also goes to Heather, as it is worth less than £250,000. Selma inherits nothing.
If Tom had owned the flat in his name alone, his estate would have been worth £350,000. It would be shared out according to the rules of intestacy, that is, Heather would get the first £250,000. This leaves an estate of £100,000. Heather would get £50,000 and Selma would get the remaining £50,000.
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