If there’s a spouse/civil partner and children
The spouse/civil partner will receive everything up to the value of £250,000, and the deceased’s personal items
Anything over £250,000 is divided in two. Half goes to the children (at 18), and the other half is added to the spouse/civil partner’s inheritance.
If there’s a spouse/civil partner but no children
The spouse/civil partner receives everything
If there are children but no spouse/civil partner
The children receive everything equally once they turn 18. Adopted children can inherit but stepchildren can’t.
No partners are considered unless they were married to or in a civil partnership with the deceased
If there’s no spouse/civil partner and no children
The estate goes to the deceased’s parents. If their parents are dead, the order is the following:
- Brothers and sisters (or nieces and nephews if a sibling died before the deceased);
- Uncles and aunts (or cousins if an uncle or aunt has died before the deceased).
If there are no surviving relatives
The estate goes to the Crown.