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The death of a family member is an upsetting and distressing time for all concerned, often bringing with it a host of questions, and where there’s no Will, not knowing what happens next can only add to the distress. Our dedicated team can offer clear and straightforward advice regarding the Rules of Intestacy.

We are able to assist you right across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with the aim of offering clear and straightforward advice, tailored to suit your needs.

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Our expert Wills team are here to take the worry off your hands. We provide a free initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your circumstances. Please call 0330 333 2613 for a no obligation, initial discussion or email enquiries@elliotmather.co.uk and we will call you back.

What is meant by the Rules of Intestacy?

When a person dies without leaving a valid Will in place, their property (their estate) must be shared out according to particular rules – these are known as the Rules of Intestacy. The individual who hasn’t left a Will would be known as an intestate person.

Who can inherit under the Rules of Intestacy?

The Rules of Intestacy state that only married or civil partners and some other close relatives are able to inherit the deceased estate.

  • Married partners and civil partners.
  • Children
  • Parents
  • Grandchildren or great-grandchildren
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Nieces and nephews

Although there are number of potential relatives who can potentially inherit an estate under the Rules of Intestacy, this is dependent on a number of circumstances:

  • Whether there is a surviving married or civil partner.
  • Whether there are any children, grandchildren or great-grandchildren.
  • The value of the estate.

Our team understand that the Rules of Intestacy are complex, and it is because of this you will receive expert guidance from our experienced Private Client Solicitors.

Who cannot inherit under the Rules of Intestacy?

The following people will have no right to inherit in an instance where someone dies without leaving a Will:

  • Unmarried partners.
  • Relations by marriage.
  • Close friends.
  • Carers.

How we can help

Administering the estate when there is no Will can be an uncertain time. We aim to remove that uncertainty for you.

We can begin helping by explaining how somebody’s estate will be dealt if they haven’t made a Will, advising you on who will be entitled to inherit under the law, and who might have a claim against the estate. At the same time, we can deal with the administration of the estate, collecting in the assets, ensuring they pass to the people who are due to benefit.

The level of help you require from us is entirely up to you.


Our Solicitors are able to provide expert advice across the country with a network of offices based in: Chesterfield, Nottingham, Mansfield, and Derby.

How to get in contact

Our team are on hand to help you and can assist wherever you are based. Please call us on 0330 333 2613 for a no-obligation, initial discussion or email enquiries@elliotmather.co.uk and we will call or email you back.

Our Team

Jon Barber

Jon Barber

LLP Member and Head of Department
Judith Wigmore

Judith Wigmore

LLP Member
Filip Feret

Filip Feret

Senior Associate Solicitor
Rebecca Hudson

Rebecca Hudson


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