If you die without making a Will then the law makes sure that your assets go to your nearest relatives – this is called the rules of intestacy. While this might seem like a good solution, it can have unexpected consequences.
Here Carolyn Snellgrove, our Wills & Probate specialist, lists 8 things you might not realise could happen if you don’t have a Will:
1. “Common law spouse” does not exist
If you aren’t married, then nothing will go to your partner at all, no matter how long you have lived together. Your estate may go to your children, parents or siblings instead of them.
2. Second marriage / relationship
If you are married to someone w