Fiducia Wealth Management
Posted in Inheritance Tax, Intestacy on 06.09.14

The Rules of Intestacy apply when someone dies without making a valid Will. These rules will dictate who administers the estate, who inherits and how much they will receive: this may not reflect your wishes or be tax efficient.

On 1 October 2014 the Intestacy rules changed.

The table below highlights the key changes on intestacy:

Deceased dies, leaving Rules from 1 October 2014 Old rules 
A spouse and children Spouse receives: Statutory legacy of £250,000Personal chattels


Entitled to half of the residuary estate outright



Children entitled to remaining half of residuary estate at 18

Spouse receives:Statutory legacy of £250,000Personal chattels


Life Interest in half of residue which would then pass to the children on subsequent death


Children entitled to remaining half of residuary estate at 18

A spouse but no children (parents and/or siblings survive) Spouse receives:The whole estateParents/siblings do not receive anything


Spouse receives:Statutory legacy of £450,000Personal chattels


Half of residue


Parents receive half of residue equally (or siblings if no surviving parents)


Intestacy does not help those who are not married or in a civil partnership.

It is therefore so important to make a Will to ensure your wishes are carried out.  A Will, together with a Lasting Power of Attorney, should be considered an essential part of your family’s future wealth planning.  We will be happy to introduce you to a trusted solicitor to create these essential documents.

If you would like to know more about how we as Financial Advisers can help you with Inheritance Tax visit the Estate Planning section of our website: Estate Planning or send us email at: [email protected]

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Fiducia Wealth Management
Posted in Inheritance Tax, Intestacy on 06.09.14