There is a belief that if you die without a Will, and you are married, it all passes to the spouse/ civil partner. In reality this is not always the case. Under the rules of intestacy, if there are no children, then the spouse/ civil partner inherits everything. However, if there are children, then the spouse/ civil partner inherits the first £250,000 of the estate and 50% of the remainder, the children inherit the other 50%.

The government have just increased the first payment to £270,000, from £250,000, from the 6th February 2020.