Intestacy: Estates without a Will

What does intestate mean?

If someone dies without a will it is known as dying intestate. There are strict intestacy rules governing who can administer the estate. It will still be necessary to obtain an Order from the Court for the estate to be administered. This is known as a Grant of Letters of Administration, which is different to a Grant of Probate. Intestacy rules also set out who the beneficiaries will be.

Identifying the correct person to apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration and working out who inherits if there is no will may be complicated and our experienced estate administration lawyers can advise you.

If you have questions about administering the estate of someone who has died intestate, intestacy rules, applying for a Grant of Letters of Administration, or who inherits if there is no will, contact us for a free initial consultation.

If you appoint us to administer an estate or apply for a Grant of Letters of Administration on your behalf, a named member of our estate administration team will support your case from start to finish and a member of the team will always be available to speak to on a day-to-day basis.

For more information about costs, please look at our probate fees or contact us for a personalised quote.

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Jenna Street
Jenna Street

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Karyna Squibb

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Ros Davies

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