What happens if you die without a will? Private Wealth
In England and Wales, there are complex rules (intestacy rules) which dictate how your money, property or possessions should be distributed if you die without a valid will. This may not be the way that you would have wished your money and possessions to be distributed.
Partners will only inherit under the rules of intestacy if they are actually married or in a civil partnership at the time of death. Cohabiting partners cannot inherit under the rules of intestacy.
Gov.uk provides a short survey to help people establish who might be entitled to a share of someone’s estate if they die without making a will. A wills and probate solicitor can also provide expert advice.