What if There is No Will?

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When someone dies, those left have to deal with the issue of what to do with their property and belongings. If there is no Will (i.e the estate is intestate), there is legislation that helps with the process of dividing any assets.

Here are the basic steps to follow:

  1. Check that there is definitely no Will to be found
  2. Apply for a Grant of Representation (often called probate )
  3. Pay any inheritance tax due
  4. Collect together any assets
  5. Pay any debts owed by the deceased
  6. Distribute the estate

How to Find Out if There is a Will?

It can be difficult to establish after their death if someone made a Will. It is therefore recommended that if you have made a Will, you tell your family that you have made one, and where it is held.

If you don t know the location of a deceased s Will, it is important to carry out a thorough search. Below are some ideas of where to look:

  • Check through the deceased s documents – most people have a file of important documents (birth certificates / insurance etc) somewhere, so it may be with those
  • Check in the deceased s safe
  • If they had a lawyer that they used for other matters (e.g divorce or property sale) check if they hold a Will for the deceased
  • Try calling local solicitor s to see if they hold a copy Will for the deceased

Note: Sometimes people make more than one Will, as they update or change how they wish their assets to be divided. If you find more than one Will, make sure that you use the most recently dated version, as older versions will no longer be valid.

Intestacy Laws

If there is no Will, then the distribution of the estate will be governed (in England and Wales) by the Administration of Estate Act 1925. These are commonly known as the laws of intestacy, someone who dies without a Will is legally called intestate .

Obtaining probate

Regardless of whether there is a Will or not, you will need to apply for a Grant of Representation (commonly called probate ). If there is no Will, the deceased s next of kin can apply for probate (for example their spouse, civil partner, or child). It is possible to apply for probate as the spouse or civil partner of the deceased, even if you are separated, as long as you are not divorced.

Note: Unmarried partners cannot automatically apply for probate, (nor will they inherit your assets under the law of intestacy), so if you have a long-term partner but are not married, it is especially important that you make a will.

If all assets were jointly held, technically you do not require probate to distribute them. However many organisations such as banks will still ask for a copy, so it may be worth doing anyway!

See our guide here for more information on Probate

Applying for probate

Here s how to apply:

  1. Complete a probate application form (PA1). If you need help completing the form, call HMRC on 0300 123 1072
  2. Complete an inheritance tax form. (You must complete this form, even if you think no tax is owed.)
  3. Send both forms along with the death certificate, the original will and three copies (if a will exists), and a £125 application fee. (There is no fee is the total estate is worth under £5,000)
  4. Swear an oath at the office of a Commissioner for Oaths (eg a solicitor s office), or the local probate office

You should get the probate certificate through in the post within 10 working days of swearing your oath.

How Stop Someone Getting Probate

You can stop someone getting probate by entering a caveat, as long as you are aged 18 or over. This caveat lasts 6 months to enable any dispute to be resolved. To enter a caveat, fill in form PA8 and send a £20 fee. (We recommend consulting a solicitor or your local Citizen s Advice Bureau if entering a caveat, as usually they precede a heated dispute between relatives.)

Find Out How an Estate Was Distributed

You can search probate records online for anyone who died after 1858. This should tell you who obtained probate to distribute the estate. There is a £10 fee per search. It takes around 14 days for the online record to update with details of new registrations.

Paying Inheritance Tax

You will have sent an Inheritance Tax Form to HMRC when obtaining probate, so they will let you know how much inheritance tax must be paid out of the deceased s assets. Just follow the instructions on the paperwork sent to you, and if you have any queries, contact HMRC who are usually very good at talking relatives through the process.

We have more information on inheritance tax here

Collect the Deceased s Assets

If you send the probate certificate to organisations holding the deceased s assets (e.g banks), they should release these to you. You may also need to sell the deceased s property in order to release funds; any fees involved in the sale can be deducted from the sale profits.

To speed up the asset release process, you may wish to obtain several copies of the probate certificate. These cost only around 50p per copy.

Paying off debts

Before distributing the estate, the executor has a duty to pay off any debts owed by the deceased. This includes any outstanding tax owed to HMRC. Also don t forget that if the deceased didn t have a funeral plan in place, you will need to deduct the funeral costs from the value of the estate; funeral costs can be several thousand pounds!

If you are the executor, place a notice in The Gazette to give any creditors a chance to come forwards before the estate is distributed. That will ensure that you hold no personal liability for any of the deceased s debts of which you may not have been aware.
See our article on Debts After Death for more information

Distribute the Estate

Jointly held assets:

  • Any money in a joint bank account will automatically pass to the other owner(s)
  • Any property owned under a joint tenancy (where all parties own the whole property jointly), will automatically pass to the surviving owner(s)
  • Any property owned under a tenancy in common (where each party owns a fixed share of the property), the deceased s share will pass according to their will or the law of intestacy

Assets not held jointly

If there is no will, you will need to distribute the estate in accordance with the law of intestacy:

Intestacy Law – Who Gets What If There s No Will?

If the estate is worth under £250,000, and the deceased has a spouse or civil partner, they will inherit the whole estate.

If the estate is worth over £250,000 the estate is divided as follows:

(1) Spouse or Civil Partner Still Alive

If the estate is worth over £250,000, and the deceased has a spouse or civil partner, they will inherit £250,000 value from the estate plus all personal possessions (regardless of value). The remainder of the estate (over £250,000 value) will then be split as 50% to the spouse or civil partner, and 50% divided between the surviving children. This includes adopted children but not step-children. If the children have died already, then their children will inherit in their place. If there are no children, the spouse or civil partner will inherit the whole estate.

(2) No Spouse or Civil Partner

If the deceased has no spouse or civil partner, the estate will be divided equally between their children. This includes adopted children but not step-children. If the children have died already, then their children will inherit in their place.

(3) No Spouse or Civil Partner and No Children/Grandchildren

If the deceased has no spouse or civil partner, and no children or grand-children, the estate will be divided equally between their parents. If the deceased has no living parents, the estate will be divided equally between their brothers and sisters (or their children if they have already died).

(4) No Spouse, Children, Parents or Siblings

If the deceased has no spouse/civil partner, no children/grandchildren, no parents and siblings, the estate will be divided equally between their half brothers and sisters. If there are no half siblings, the estate will be divided equally between their grandparents. If there are no living grandparents, the estate goes to aunts and uncles (half aunts and uncles if there are no full ones) or to their children (the deceased s cousins) if they have already died.

(5) None of the Above Relatives

If the deceased has no living: spouse; civil partner; children; grandchildren; parents; brothers or sisters; half brothers and sisters; grandparents; aunts and uncles or half aunts and uncles; nephew/nieces or cousins, the estate will all pass to the Crown.

Example Scenarios

Q] Joe has died with no will. He has a wife, a son and two step-daughters. His estate is worth £350,000. Who inherits?

A] Joe s wife would receive £250,000 of the estate, plus any personal possessions (regardless of value). The remaining £100,000 of the estate would be divided equally between his wife and his son. Step-children are not recognised by the law of intestacy. His wife would therefore receive a total of £300,000 plus personal possessions, his son would receive £50,000 and his step-daughters would receive nothing.

Q] Beth has died without a will. She has no husband or civil partner, no children or grandchildren, and no parents or grandparents. Her only surviving family are the boyfriend she lives with, and her aunt who she hasn t spoken to since she was a child. Who inherits?

A] Her aunt would inherit the entire estate. The law of intestacy doesn t recognise unmarried partners. Her aunt is a recognised relative and so will inherit the estate, regardless of whether they are estranged.

As you can see from the above, it is extremely important to make a will if you have step-children or an unmarried partner that you would want to inherit from you. If you don t have a will, they won t get anything unless assets are jointly held!

Some of Your Questions Answered

My wife s mother left her and her sister the house. The Will states that her unmarried partner is allowed to live in the house until he dies. Can they get him out as they would like to sell the house?

The unmarried partner has been given a life tenancy in the property. That gives him the right to remain in the property until his death. He will be responsible for all insurance and maintenance costs. You can t legally throw him out, so your choices are either to sell the estate subject to a life tenant (not usually very desirable to a buyer), or speak to him about him forfeiting his life tenancy (likely by you buying him out ).

My great aunt passed away hasn t left a Will, my mother is her niece. She left invested money of over £30,000, plus valuable items. Suddenly her nephew wants to take over and already taken jewellery, ornaments and has demanded that anything we took from the house for safe keeping be returned or he s phoning the police. We found out that when my aunt was alive his wife took her wedding/engagement rings…she was suffering from Alzheimer s. The nephew has walked away from the house (rented) leaving a neighbour to clear as it has to be empty in 2 weeks. What can we do to ensure nothing gets sold without our say, so that we can things of sentimental value in the family?

Has the nephew applied for probate? If not, then it may be worth you doing so. If he does not have probate, then he is not entitled to divide up the estate.

In any event, the estate must be divided up according to the rules of intestacy. Follow through the steps above to see who would inherit – this will depend upon what other surviving relatives are in your family. If your great-aunt has no spouse / civil partner, no children / grandchildren / great-grandchildren, and no parents, then the estate should be divided up equally amongst their sisters and brothers. If they are no longer alive, their children (ie her nieces and nephews) will inherit in their place. If there was no will and the nephew (your uncle) is legitimately inheriting from the estate, I would expect that your mother should do so too.

My dad was diagnosed with dementia 18 months ago. My sister who d previously had no contact for years, obtained POA (knowing he s worth over 500.000). She put him in a nursing home and fixed up the house then moved in with her daughter. My sister and I are the only next of kin, he passed away 4 months ago with no Will. Should I have inherited any of his estate? What can I do at this stage?

Firstly, I would question whether any Power of Attorney was valid. It seems strange that your father would agree for an estranged daughter to make all decisions (including financial decisions) on his behalf. If your father had already been diagnosed with dementia prior to signing the Power of Attorney, he may have lacked mental capacity making it invalid.

Secondly, if your father had no will, his estate would pass to his family in accordance with the laws of intestacy. Check whether your sister obtained probate. If not, she does not have authority to distribute the estate. If your father had no surviving spouse or civil partner, then the estate should have been divided equally between all his children. If there are just two children (you and your sister), then you should have received 50% of the value of the estate, including the property value. (This does not necessarily mean that your sister has to sell the property, but she should give you 50% of the value to essentially buy out your share.)

Hi my father has died , with no will , we think. My eldest brother has dealt with everything he has divided all the money between us all , but it doesn t add up. My dad was mentally fine not confused and he told us what he had , is there anyway we can find out without asking my brother as I am sure there was quite a bit more money than he has said and my father had paid for his own funeral?

Again, check whether your brother had obtained probate. If not, he had no authority to divide up the estate. If you don t want to ask him, you can search for probate records online, for a £10 fee.

If your brother did have probate, it will be difficult at this stage to determine the value of the estate (ie how much was in your dad s accounts), as they will now be £0 / closed. You may therefore have to ask your brother directly.

Remember that any debts, including outstanding tax and solicitor s fees will need to be paid out of the estate prior to distribution. Also inheritance tax may have been paid. These could all reduce the value of the remaining estate to be divided up.

Seeking advice

Dealing with the distribution of assets follow the death of a family member is always tricky, and can particularly bitter and emotional if a dispute arises. If you disagree with the way the estate has been distributed, speak to Citizens Advice Bureau for free advice and (though it may be difficult), try to approach the matter in a calm manner. Sometimes it can also be helpful to ask a trusted family friend or other relative to mediate any dispute to try to reduce any heated arguments and ensure a satisfactory resolution for everyone involved.

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  1. My Mum died suddenly in 2009, it was such a shock. She had no will and my Dad got everything. They were still married and living together but were going to separate and stay as friends in the same house, they were only together because they couldn’t afford to get there own place. Due to my Mum’s death my Dad’s behaviour went bad, he suffered from mental health and made my life hell. The police, counsellers and GP told me to leave for my own safety. I even rang up childline and they told me to go before he hurt me. The last time I seen him he put a knife in my face and told me to leave. I was so scared and had no where to go. I lived with friends and my Mum’s family for a few years until I started private renting, I find it hard to afford and I know it’s not what my Mum wanted. It doesn’t seem fair that my Dad got everything and I was left with nothing, it’s not what my Mum would have wanted, she would have wanted me to be safe and my Dad to look after me, but he is too dangerous. I am now 21, very depressed, have no money or savings and only a few family members and friends that help me. My Dad’s side have turned against me and we used to be so close. I really wish I could get help but I am scared, don’t have the money for a lawyer and don’t know where I stand to be honest. Would love someone to help me!

  2. My father died, then six months later his second wife died, I was then told my father had made a will so I went to holborn house where in his will he had left me £30.000 worth of jewllery, after making enquiries his wife had sold everything that should have been rightfully mine how come I was not informed at the time regarding the will?

  3. Furthermore she has still not had her ashes burued as they no nothing about her or her familys graves as she has no surviving blood relatives they called me 5 days ago asking will i pass on what i no so they can finalise ther case ie where her dad is buried so she can be buried with hin they gave me a bag of hers and said thanks it contained a few photos and 3 bills? they where her posessions they said and thanks for any help i have given well im not telling them any more her clothes they said get passed round the home to others her jewlery there is no mention of and her belongings they say are in safekeeping have sudenly all vanised along with her personal documents birth marriage divorce ect certificates what shall i do i have made many complaints theses last 3 years but no one seems to no anything i dont no where to turn or stand do i contact the opg?

  4. When my uncle past away One of the cousins visited my sister to tell her he had left no will. She said when did he die. And was told 18 months ago! I can’t understand why we were not told sooner. His house was sold may 2014. He passed away Feburary 2013. The cousin asked for some telephone numbers and that was that. Why come and see and tell us now not sure what this means. she told my sister there won’t be much to come to us any way. What rights do we have. He wasn’t married and most of his brothers and sisters have passed away.

  5. @Dill. Maybe she was visiting to get the telephone numbers that you mention? You don’t really have any rights as you are not a sibling.

  6. My Father went missing 23 years ago and left no will, after contacting various agencies and the police ,know Contact or sighting was ever made. My mother died in 2012 leaving a will , only her half has been settled via Probate, but my fathers share is still held with the Solicitor. I understand we need a presumption of Death Certificate in order to settle my Fathers Estate. Can you tell me how this can be obtained and would my Mothers Will be upheld in this matter, or would dads share be allocated by the Courts as in other circumstances my Fathers Estate would have passed to my Mother. We have a Solicitor but are no further forward in trying to resolve this matter.

  7. @M.TM. Presumption of Death Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2014. There have been some recent developments on this. The parliament.co.uk website describes it quite succinctly:
    “Presumption of Death Act 2013 came into force on 1 October 2014.The Act enables an application to be made to the High Court for a declaration that a missing person, who is thought to have died or who has not been known to be alive for at least seven years, is presumed dead. Once it can no longer be the subject of an appeal, the declaration will be conclusive as to the presumed death and effective for all purposes and against all persons. The missing person’s property will pass to others as if the missing person has died and been certified dead, and his or her marriage or civil partnership will end. Previously, people left behind by a missing person had to use various procedures to deal with different aspects of the missing person’s property and affairs.Anyone wishing to deal with a missing person’s property and affairs should seek specific legal advice based on all the particular circumstances of the case. Both Scotland and Northern Ireland have legislation governing the presumption of death: respectively the Presumption of Death (Scotland) Act 1977 and the Presumption of Death Act (Northern Ireland) 2009. This note deals with the law in England and Wales, unless otherwise stated.”

  8. Hi, can someone please help me, my mothers partner (not married) of 20+ years sadly passed away and two weeks later my mother also sadly passed away, during the time they were together we very rarely saw my mothers partners family. And we were also told from the deceased that he had left a will as the estate was solely in his name, Since my mothers partner passed his family ransacked the home address which was also still my mums and my home at the time, they removed all paperwork including my mothers and also loose change and his laptop, they then told us he had left no will. About a year Before both passed away I moved in to the home address and now I am being told I have to leave as my mothers partners family wish to sell it. As a tenant do I now have rights? I have sent a standing search off as I believe there is a will out there but that could take 4 weeks and I’m being told they want me out now, so now not only have I lost my mother and a man who raised me and whom I classed as a father for 20+ years but I am about to become homeless. No grant for representation has been authorised after looking on gov.uk nor have they put anything in the gazette. Also if my mum was still alive when her partner died would she not then inherit the estate or would they of had to of been married?

  9. @AKH2802 – you really need to see if you can get some legal advice on this. Please try and arrange an initial consultation with a solicitor (first ones are often free of charge).

  10. My nan died 3 years ago leaving a house to my dad and his 6 siblings. My father and 2 siblings want to sell the house, however, the other 4 wing to keep it. There have been many family meetings and the house was valued in January but still no concrete decisions being made. My dad cannot really afford a sucky or go take on the case and the 4 siblings are not communicating with him, what should he do?

  11. My mum died and did not leave a will. My stepfather took everything and remarried very quickly. Can i find out what my mum had left behind ?

  12. @deadbra. Did this go through probate? If so you can view the probate register to see if the will is available to view/get copy.

  13. Hi my dad just passed away in january and his wife has taken everything my father had terminal cancer and was in a bad state she married him 10 days bethore he died and I know he was in no state to do so she has new what she has been doing all the time my father told me he didnt want to get married again so I think he was forced or didnt know what he was doing. I stayd with him on hes last days and the night he died and got took away from the house she told me to go and never come back someone please help she is a money grabing cow that has taken everything that belonged to him and wont let me see anything I dont know what to do?

  14. My dad passed away , no will that i know off his wife,notmy mother, took everything changed bank accounts very next day are we as his children not entitled to anything? Can i do anythin legally to get our share?

  15. We have just found out that my farther died 5month ago he was remarried he lived in spain yet his wife lives in uk. She said she had no phone no to let anyone know my dad has estate and money there are six of us to his first marriage i got his wifes number and rang her she wasnt intrested a neighbour in spain told one of the family my dad had died while on holiday my father told us he had left us everything how can i find out and are we entittle to anything

  16. My dad died 3 years ago. Stepmother said no will but document stating household be divided between my 2 brothers and I and her 3 children. Document never seen. Stepmother has now died and no one from her family will say which solicitor is dealing . How can we find out of the document did exist and if we have a claim n house now. Thanks

  17. My mother died of terminal cancer 7 years ago, my sister and i nursed her through her illness and i was the only one who was with her right at the end. My father is disabled and so we received a grant to cover the cost of most of the funeral which my sister and myself organised and my father did not attend. The wake was held at my ex husband’s place of work, my father never settled the bill so my ex eventually did and then witheld the amount from my maintenance. My brother (who went awol some 5 years earlier leaving his son in my mother’s care) turned up at the funeral with his new girlfriend who made a scene causing our relationship to break down. After the funeral, my brother (having refused my mother’s dying wish to see him), moved into my parents home with my father and has been allowed to dispose of all of my mothers possessions and family photo’s etc including furniture and other items that belonged to me. I have been left with 1 photograph of my mother and her engagement ring which she gave me shortly before she died. Her ashes are still in my father’s house, although my brother has taken them and hidden them in the past. I have requested just a small amount of them in the past but my father refused saying he wants my mother scattered with him at the other end of the country when he dies. Legally, do i have any rights? I don’t wish to be unreasonable but i do not have any contact with my father and if my mothers ashes are scattered in London, there is little chance of me and my children ever being able to afford to visit. My brother’s young son who was left in my mother’s care, came to live with me when he was 13 as my mother was unable to care for him. He has never paid me a penny maintenance or ever helped care for my sick mother or disabled father before the death of my mother yet now he is in charge of everything and we have been left with nothing.

  18. @Gaz. If you think your father married or signed a Will under duress you should take legal advice.

  19. @Mez. Usually the spouse inherits, so there may be nothing untoward in her actions. If you feel your father’s wife has done anything unscrupulous you will need to see a solicitor.

  20. @cruttenden. Were none of the sibling in contact with the father at all? In general the next of kin is the spouse and generally they inherit, especially if there is no Will. You need to seek legal advice if you want to challenge this or investigate it further.

  21. @cruttenden. Seems strange that it’s taken 5 months to find out. Did you not bother trying to contact your father during that period? And yet now you want his money??

  22. @tanni. You don’t really have any automatic rights in this, but in view of all that you’ve told us, maybe you should seek the advice of a solicitor to see if there’s anything extra than can be done.

  23. My dad passed away , no will that i know off his wife,notmy mother, took everything changed bank accounts very next day are we as his children not entitled to anything? Can i do anythin legally to get our share? Me

  24. When an estate is split up amongst a persons children do the funds go to the administrator to be divided up, or are they divided up by the solicitor and sent to the respective inherits ?

  25. @JJ. The executor(s) arranges the payments once the estate has been valued (after debts etc have been cleared).

  26. We moved into my mums home 8 years ago, after my husband was ill. My mother has left a will for me to have the property worth £150.000. I oay her ‘life’ mortgage for her. She has now gone into a nursing home and is 86. The Social services have discounted house for her care costs because we are over 65. Will I have to sell the house on her death, for probate? Only the house is her estate

  27. My father got married when he got sick his wife moved out of the house and left my self and sister to look after my dad. his wife only cam me down once a weeek to go to bank to take his money out . I paid bills bought food etc wit h my own money. washed dad mycooked and changed his nappy … she never done anything not even stayed one night. He has now passed away she wants me and my sister to move out the house so she can sell it. This can not be fair or right she did nothing as a wife how is she entitled to everthing?

  28. my mother had me and my brother during her first marriage my father died my mother re married and had another child age 15 now my mothers 2nd marriage ended in violent separation 2 years ago and although not divorced both had applied no will was made and my mother committed suicide last year there is a home which was extended illegally and has spiralling debt and is about to be repossessed who benefits from her estate as the youngest child today has received a massive cheque and my brother and i got nothing this means her separated husband has access to this money HELP

  29. @wills. If there was no formal separation the partner can still inherit part of the estate and any children of the partnership…you should contact a solicitor for information on how the estate was split.

  30. my mother and father divorced when i was very young and both remarried, i have recently been in contact with my fathers family only to find that he had passed away 2 years earlier, he had no other children and left no will. His second wife has carried on living in the house am I entitled to any of the house.

  31. my nan has died 2 months ago leaving a surviving daughter as my dad (her son) died 3 years ago. My sister and I do not speak to my aunt however I was in contact with my nan – I only found out she died through a notice in the paper last month I have done a search for the will and nothing has shown up. Are mys ister and I entitled to any of the estate and if so how do we make a claim?

  32. My mother separated 10 years ago still married has 4 children has money left behind hasn’t done a will who would be entitled to what’s left ?

  33. My dad has just died and l am not sure if he has left a will. I am an only child and apart from his brother who is in hospital had a stroke l am the last member of the Trafford family, do l still have to go to probate

  34. Donzi – Your Question:

    My mother separated 10 years ago still married has 4 children has money left behind hasn’t done a will who would be entitled to what’s left ?


    Our Response:

    Generally he might be considered as a surviving spouse. Was there any documentation/financial arrangment etc at the time of the separation? Usually the surviving spouse takes the personal “chattels”plus a statutory legacy of £250,000 from the estate, plus half of any remaining balance. The surviving children or descendants equally share the other half of the remaining estate. You will need to ask a solicitor for advice really.

  35. Lyndylou – Your Question:

    My dad has just died and l am not sure if he has left a will. I am an only child and apart from his brother who is in hospital had a stroke l am the last member of the Trafford family, do l still have to go to probate


    Our Response:

    Probate is normally needed if there is no Will. You can apply for a Grant of Representation which will help you handle the estate after probate. here’s more information.

  36. My dad passed away 2.5 years ago, and was never divorced from my mum, so she became his widow. A couple of weeks ago my dads mum passed away, although i believe there is a will i’m not 100% sure if this was changed at some point when my father passed away, so i’m assuming the will was the same. Would my mother still be entitled to some of the estate, although there are surviving brothers of my dad? Also if my dads brother passed away and there is no will, ( he isn’t married and has no children of his own) how would his estate be broken up, i.e would it go to his surviving brothers, or would it go to his brothers children and the grandchildren.

  37. pmitch1974 – Your Question:

    My dad passed away 2.5 years ago, and was never divorced from my mum, so she became his widow. A couple of weeks ago my dads mum passed away, although I believe there is a will I’m not 100% sure if this was changed at some point when my father passed away, so I’m assuming the will was the same. Would my mother still be entitled to some of the estate, although there are surviving brothers of my dad? Also if my dads brother passed away and there is no will, ( he isn’t married and has no children of his own) how would his estate be broken up, i.e would it go to his surviving brothers, or would it go to his brothers children and the grandchildren.


    Our Response:

    Unless the Will specifies otherwise, the property is usually divided between the spouse and any children.

  38. I was never married and have 5 children. I seperated in 2002 from this monster who made all our lives hell. For all this time he has made death threats etc and not paid for his children even though he was wealthy. He refused to do anything legal and I have been battling through the court to stay in our family home for years as we have lived here for 20 years now. This week we have found out that he has died and knew he was dying and of course never came to say sorry to any of us. He has written a will and his solicitor has refused to speak to my 22 year old daughter. His sisters and mum have taken over and even printed in the paper my children’s names which are very unusual all without our permission. Please help.

  39. my mum passed away no will my older sister of four daughters has emptied house and banks and kept it all what can i do

  40. sam – Your Question:

    My mum passed away no will my older sister of four daughters has emptied house and banks and kept it all what can I do


    Our Response:

    See a solicitor. Where someone dies intestate (with no Will), there are usually priorities in terms of inheritance where there is no surviving spouse.
    1. Children or their descendants
    2. Parents
    3. Brothers or sisters or their descendants
    4. Half siblings or their descendants
    5. Grandparents
    6. Uncles and/or aunts or their descendants
    7. Half uncles and/or aunts or their descendants
    8. Whole estate passes to the crown
    So as children, the estate should have been divided among you.

  41. My husband died, we were going into a divorce. His new partner has 3 children she wants a share of our estate. He had no will we were still married, for 6 years with her he paid nothing towards joint mortgage or child support. Every the home went to me what can she claim now 6 months after his death for her children.

  42. fran – Your Question:

    My husband died, we were going into a divorce. His new partner has 3 children she wants a share of our estate. He had no will we were still married, for 6 years with her he paid nothing towards joint mortgage or child support. Every the home went to me what can she claim now 6 months after his death for her children.


    Our Response:

    Usually if a person dies intestate the main part of the estate goes to the spouse. To lodge a claim, the new partner would have take it to the courts. If they have a joint mortgage, this will of course be different.

  43. Thanks for the reply. No they claimed benefits seperately lived seperately. He died with very little which his new partner took. I got house as we were in joint mortgage the mortgage i paided out right with the mortgage protection which I continued to pay monthly and the mortgage when we seperated. I just want to know do I as wife have to be responsible to her claim for their young children. As I have made a will leaving everything to my two children. thankyou.

  44. my brother died without leaving a will he hasen’t spoken to my 2 sisters for 22 years they are after me to give them a share of everything even though my brother said they wont get anything when he dies is there anything i can do to stop them he always said everything was mine after he died

  45. My ex-partner has written a will leaving money to a Russian women living in Russia. There are 4 children that he was responsible for and he had a private pension. I was the only person he lived with and was engaged but we seperated and he has lived miles away in expensive rental properties. The will has 2 witnesses but it is his handwriting! As I understand the will should have provided solely for his young and young adult children who he was responsible for? Also I think only myself or the children can benefit from his private pension. Please can you help as I am extremely ill and this stress is really bad for my condition.

  46. Ny father died.three years ago leaving a spouse and her adult son all of my fathers belongings were left in his home until recently since his wife died. My siblings and i bought him a lot of gifts over many years.are we entitled to have these items as he was our father not the womans sons .

  47. Mandy – Your Question:

    Ny father died.three years ago leaving a spouse and her adult son all of my fathers belongings were left in his home until recently since his wife died. My siblings and I bought him a lot of gifts over many years.are we entitled to have these items as he was our father not the womans sons.


    Our Response:

    No once you have given someone a gift it is theirs and they can choose who they leave it to in a will.

  48. Mum and dad seperated thirty years ago but were never divorced, I am their only child together, but mum had 5 other children from previous marriages. Dad died 11 years ago intestate, and mum died 8 years ago intestate. My dad paid into a private pension and they have just contacted my eldest half sister regarding his pension. So who is legally entitled to inherit

  49. My mum is dying and is not compas mentos and she does not have a will. Her and my dad have been separated for 5 years and she has been living in a care home and the money she has is being looked after by the care home. She told me and my sister that anything she had she wanted it to go to us but unfortunately did not put this in writing at the time. She would not want it to go to my dad who neither of us have contact with. Does it mean because they are still married even though they have been separated for 5 years that he will get her money?

  50. Nic – Your Question:

    My mum is dying and is not compas mentos and she does not have a will. Her and my dad have been separated for 5 years and she has been living in a care home and the money she has is being looked after by the care home. She told me and my sister that anything she had she wanted it to go to us but unfortunately did not put this in writing at the time. She would not want it to go to my dad who neither of us have contact with. Does it mean because they are still married even though they have been separated for 5 years that he will get her money?


    Our Response:

    Unless contested, anything your mother leaves will go to your father.

  51. My father and stepmother made wills leaving money to my brother and two stepsisters. 3 years ago they asked for the wills returning from the solicitor. Unfortunately my father had become frail and my stepmother had started with dementia so I suspect this was engineered by the stepsisters. My father died in the August a year ago and after the funeral I was contacted by one of the stepsisters to say as you know your father left each of you £5000 and a cheque for that amount was enclosed. I heard nothing more until sending my stepmother a birthday card. I received an email from the stepsister saying thank you but sadly my stepmother had died and never made her 88th birthday but they’d be together again. I wasn’t told when or how nor was I informed of my Dads ashes being scattered. I replied to say I was sorry to hear this and that as far as I was aware your mum had left a legacy for myself and brother and perhaps I ought to get in touch with the solicitor. I got an email back to say I wouldn’t be hearing from the solicitor and in my stepsisters words “mum made other arrangements that did not include you both”. I contacted the solicitor who drew up the wills and she has checked and cannot find any other will in the public domain. It’s looking like she might have died intestate but my stepsisters have purposely not informed us. My Dad and stepmother didn’t have property as they’d sold it 6 years before so they had a large amount of money in the bank. My worry is that my stepsister could have taken it. I’ve asked the solicitor to write to my stepsister to find out what’s happened but what happens if she either doesn’t reply or says there is no money left? I don’t have much money to pursue it very far. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

  52. My father and stepmother made wills leaving money to my brother and two stepsisters. 3 years ago they asked for the wills returning from the solicitor. Unfortunately my father had become frail and my stepmother had started with dementia so I suspect this was engineered by the stepsisters. My father died in the August a year ago and after the funeral I was contacted by one of the stepsisters to say as you know your father left each of you £5000 and a cheque for that amount was enclosed. I heard nothing more until sending my stepmother a birthday card. I received an email from the stepsister saying thank you but sadly my stepmother had died and never made her 88th birthday but they’d be together again. I wasn’t told when or how nor was I informed of my Dads ashes being scattered. I replied to say I was sorry to hear this and that as far as I was aware your mum had left a legacy for myself and brother and perhaps I ought to get in touch with the solicitor. I got an email back to say I wouldn’t be hearing from the solicitor and in my stepsisters words “mum made other arrangements that did not include you both”. I contacted the solicitor who drew up the wills and she has checked and cannot find any other will in the public domain. It’s looking like she might have died intestate but my stepsisters have purposely not informed us. My Dad and stepmother didn’t have property as they’d sold it 6 years before so they had a large amount of money in the bank. My worry is that my stepsister could have taken it. I’ve asked the solicitor to write to my stepsister to find out what’s happened but what happens if she either doesn’t reply or says there is no money left? I don’t have much money to pursue it very far. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

  53. My father and stepmother made wills leaving money to my brother and two stepsisters. 3 years ago they asked for the wills returning from the solicitor. Unfortunately my father had become frail and my stepmother had started with dementia so I suspect this was engineered by the stepsisters. My father died in the August a year ago and after the funeral I was contacted by one of the stepsisters to say as you know your father left each of you £5000 and a cheque for that amount was enclosed. I heard nothing more until sending my stepmother a birthday card. I received an email from the stepsister saying thank you but sadly my stepmother had died and never made her 88th birthday but they’d be together again. I wasn’t told when or how nor was I informed of my Dads ashes being scattered. I replied to say I was sorry to hear this and that as far as I was aware your mum had left a legacy for myself and brother and perhaps I ought to get in touch with the solicitor. I got an email back to say I wouldn’t be hearing from the solicitor and in my stepsisters words “mum made other arrangements that did not include you both”. I contacted the solicitor who drew up the wills and she has checked and cannot find any other will in the public domain. It’s looking like she might have died intestate but my stepsisters have purposely not informed us. My Dad and stepmother didn’t have property as they’d sold it 6 years before so they had a large amount of money in the bank. My worry is that my stepsister could have taken it. I’ve asked the solicitor to write to my stepsister to find out what’s happened but what happens if she either doesn’t reply or says there is no money left? I don’t have much money to pursue it very far. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

  54. My dad has received my mum death in service benefit, but we are worried he will use the money to drink him self to death as he is a alcoholic, he has become very aggressive and unreasonable since my mums death is there anything we can do?

  55. Hi my father had emailed his solicitor what he wanting in his will but sadly he passed before the solicitor could come and get it signed what happens now

  56. Sad day – Your Question:

    Hi my father had emailed his solicitor what he wanting in his will but sadly he passed before the solicitor could come and get it signed what happens now


    Our Response:

    You should seek advice from the solicitor. If it’s clear and the family/beneficiaries will accept it, then maybe his wishes can be respected.

  57. My Mum is refusing to make a will as she doesn’t want to pay the costs. She is 89. When she dies she will leave 2 sons and 1 daughter. My older sister died in 2014 and she left 5 children and grandchildren. How would the estate be divided? Would it still be divided by 4 with my late sisters share going to her children/grandchildren. My mother never got on with her grandchildren and had little to do with them and visa versa, she would turn in her grave if she thought they would be entitled to a share. It would not be a big estate, no house and no real money and very few personal processions.

  58. JP – Your Question:

    My Mum is refusing to make a will as she doesn’t want to pay the costs. She is 89. When she dies she will leave 2 sons and 1 daughter. My older sister died in 2014 and she left 5 children and grandchildren. How would the estate be divided? Would it still be divided by 4 with my late sisters share going to her children/grandchildren. My mother never got on with her grandchildren and had little to do with them and visa versa, she would turn in her grave if she thought they would be entitled to a share. It would not be a big estate, no house and no real money and very few personal processions.


    Our Response:

    Yes the rules of inheritance where there is no Will, state that an estate would be shared equally between the children or their descendants. If a son or daughter has already died, their children (the grandchildren of the deceased) inherit in their place.

  59. My mother died 10 years ago without a will, my father has taken everything and nothing was given to me and my sibling, my father is now to be married and I wondered if there is anything I can do to retrieve part of my mothers estate, bearing in mind my father and mother were not married. Together my mother and father owned the house me, my sibling, father and step mother live in, are me and my sibling entitled to any of this?

  60. My mother died several years ago. However I have only recently found out. My sister had everything that was left without my knowledge. Can I do something about it at such a late stage

  61. My ex husband died 2014, I have no idea if he left a will or not. He was living in a care home in Scotland. I have a son and daughter who would by law inherit in his estate if any.He was living with a woman before his death but never married. My daughter was at his bedside before his death but he was in no state to acknowledge her. His partner says he did not leave anything, where can I find out if he had bank accounts etc. As I do not trust this woman, as she was very angry that my daughter was there and as my daughter arranged the cremation and the scattering of the ashes. I know that at one time they lived in a council house that was bought from the council, the house was sold, reason being my ex could not climb the stairs, they then moved into a high rise because of the lift. After a few months she moved him into a care home. Any help or advice you can give I would be appreciated.

  62. My father died over a year ago and did not leave a will but I as his older of two daughters dealt with all the details .my father was an ex fireman and as such is now due a payment from his pension as they were all under paid but the sppa are asking me for them to pay out they want a copy of the will which there was none or conformation or court letter appointing me as executor which I don’t have ,what do I have to do or where do I stand in this matter

  63. My dad died 10yrs ago . He left no will. My step mum stayed in his house, and has re married, she had the house on the market recently , do I have any claim on the property ?

  64. Chaspas – Your Question:

    My dad died 10yrs ago. He left no will. My step mum stayed in his house, and has re married, she had the house on the market recently , do I have any claim on the property ?


    Our Response:

    Did your father leave everything to your step mum? If so you probably have no claim on her estate. It might be worth have a word with the specialist solicitor to verify this.

  65. My friend’s step-dad has just died suddenly, without leaving a will, and he wants to know if he’s entitled to inherit anything from him. He was 19 when his mother – who is dead – married his step-father, so he wasn’t brought up by him, and to be honest, he and his step-father never got on. His step-father, who owned his own pub in England, has no children of his own, so his nephew is his closest surviving blood relative, and I’ve heard he will be getting the pub and will probably sell it. So I’d like to know if my friend has any chance of getting something out of this, before his step-father’s nephew gets rich off the sale of the pub. Thanks.

  66. My dad has recently died, his wife (seperated for 5years but still married on paper) is dealing with his estate and has told me to leave the room when talking about pensions and other things. I believe there was no will made but not sure. I don’t think the estate is worth more than £250000 so I stand to inherit nothing with everything going to his (ex)wife. I don’t know what to do and could really do with some information

  67. My dad died 11 years ago i was only 13 years old at the time so I wasnt aware of any legal obligations. There was no will when he died and my step mum who was married to him moved away with everything and all we got left was some pictures. The most important thing to me is to hold on to the memories as they are all i have of my dad. Should I have been entitled to any of his things?

  68. Madam I am married my husband father died long back 3children’s my husband taking care of mother after DAT he went abroad .her sisitervinsted of staying husbands house she is staying with her mother.one sister got married with Hindu guy after 20 years she came home .my husband did some house construction work he given too much money for his house and his mother. now mother and daughters together made case on my husband mother and both sisters need portion from property.now wen my husband came to India mother and sisters not giving trouble to him .locking the main doors.actually his not made any vil .one sisters came after 20 years .and one sisters after marriage she was with her husband in abroad wen she came back from sbraod she told my mother in low very strict I can’t stay in husband house I will stay with my mother my husband told OK now mother and sisters troubling my husband whether my husband have rights in fathers house.we heirs one lawyer .give us some suggestion what we can do please

  69. My mum died in August and her husband (my stepdad) has made it clear that my mums 4 children are not getting anything. My mum did not leave a will and they have only been married for 6 years (this became 7 years in September). He has now kicked my 19 year old sister out of the house and changed the locks. Therefore she is now homeless and at college and work on an apprenticeship wage. Do we legally have rights to the house or anything of our mums?

  70. My uncle died 3years ago and my mum as only found out now about this we looked up his death and found that relatives had to call a solicitor. We did this and she left her name and number we were told we would be contacted ASAP. In the meantime the son of an ex partner as called my mother claiming he thought she was dead and that all the inheritance as been settled. All his siblings including himself live in my uncles houses. My mother then asked about her dad’s possessions and they said we were told not to throw anything and now they have to ask the solicitor if we can have this particular item. It was the solicitor who passed my mums details onto these people. Have these people the right to my uncles property? They claim there was a will but we are yet to hear from the solicitor. Any information would be helpful.

  71. Cat – Your Question:

    My uncle died 3years ago and my mum as only found out now about this we looked up his death and found that relatives had to call a solicitor. We did this and she left her name and number we were told we would be contacted ASAP. In the meantime the son of an ex partner as called my mother claiming he thought she was dead and that all the inheritance as been settled. All his siblings including himself live in my uncles houses. My mother then asked about her dad’s possessions and they said we were told not to throw anything and now they have to ask the solicitor if we can have this particular item. It was the solicitor who passed my mums details onto these people. Have these people the right to my uncles property? They claim there was a will but we are yet to hear from the solicitor. Any information would be helpful.


    Our Response:

    This really depends on the Will, so we cannot really comment. In general if there is no Will available the order of priority of inheritance is generally:
    Spouse or civil partner
    Children
    Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren
    Other close relatives

  72. My Brother in law has just been killed in a car accident, he was in a civil partnership and did not have a will, the house was in his name as he purchased this before the civil partnership. Since passing away his partner has been to the house and taken items away and will not let the sister or mother into the house. Is this correct and what if any rights do his mum and sister have?

  73. My dad made a will before he was married he then moved abroad with his wife and the wheel has been revoked does this mean my stepmom get all the money even though I was named in the first will which was revoked

  74. Hi my brother died aged 49years old,without a will,he was married and had his home enforce be met his wife,he had 2 children to a previous relationship, one of which was living with him when he passed away,he. Had 5 more children, what I want to know are his 2 children intitled to anything,his wife has moved on and had another baby and is engaged ,but still living in the house , the 2 children to his former relationship got nothing of there fathers, the home originally belonged to mother,and my brother bought it of the family when my mum passed away. His wife does not acknowledge the 2 children at all,

  75. My fiend’s husband sadly passes away. In his will before marriage he signed over the house to his sister. My friends still lives there. Does my friend have any claim on her husband’s property?

  76. My mum passed away in 2013 leaving no will, My step dad won’t allow me or my sister any of our mums belongings…especially family photo albums…can he do this?

  77. My father died in a road accident 2 years ago , he has 6 children however I was the only one who had contact with him and really saw him. He has a new wife who he lived with and I don’t think he had a will. She is soon to receive insurance money through now that the court case for the crash has finished. I wondered if I am entitled to any of this money as he is my dad or if it is down to my step mum whom I do get on with but find it an awkward subject to bring up x

  78. sam – Your Question:

    My father died in a road accident 2 years ago , he has 6 children however I was the only one who had contact with him and really saw him. He has a new wife who he lived with and I don’t think he had a will. She is soon to receive insurance money through now that the court case for the crash has finished. I wondered if I am entitled to any of this money as he is my dad or if it is down to my step mum whom I do get on with but find it an awkward subject to bring up x


    Our Response:

    The insurance money will go to whoever was named as a beneficiary in the policy. Depending on the terms of the will, the rest of the estate would be split between the spouse and children etc. See this page for more information

  79. I was recently made aware that my uncle a bachelor passed away in Lewisham he emigrated from Ireland at a young age and lost contact with his family who are all deceased since including my mother, his estate is been dealt with by the bona vacantia dept. of the treasury who i have contacted and proved i am his only living next of kin, the resst of his family never married and i am an inly child, im wondering where to go from here they have told me his estate is in excess of £500 and i can involve a solicitor or administer myself, i am resident in ireland, i would be grateful for any help or advice regarding this matter. Thank You.

  80. My Dad remarried after my mum passed away and his new wife moved in to the house with him and us 4 kids, my dad has now passed away and his new wife has changed the house in to her name, and we are worried she will now leave the house to her kids who have never had any involvement in the house, my dad never had a will as his death was sudden, he thought he still had time to make one. Growing up the discussions we had with dad and step mum were that the house would be left to us (his 4 kids) We are now scared and wondering if there is anything we can do to stop the house being left to the wrong person!x

  81. No will when mum died 18yrs ago her eldest son died before her he had 3 children . Leaving my brother & myself the daughter. My brother said he had been made executor of the Estate & it was to be divided between son, daughter & the three children of the brother who had died. He told me that he had tried to contact them but could not find any trace of them.In the event of this happening after many years the money would be divided between the two of us, It had to be invested in the highest earning account in the bank until lit was claimed. I have asked Him & his wife about the money a few times, they say you have to wait for years before you can Claim it.they did not have children, but it would help my son towards his mortgage.He did not Speak to mum for over 20 years except to borrow £100. Towards an new car & 6 months before Her passing away. P.S. He never repaid her. Advise me please. Thankyou.

  82. Taz – Your Question:

    My Dad remarried after my mum passed away and his new wife moved in to the house with him and us 4 kids, my dad has now passed away and his new wife has changed the house in to her name, and we are worried she will now leave the house to her kids who have never had any involvement in the house, my dad never had a will as his death was sudden, he thought he still had time to make one. Growing up the discussions we had with dad and step mum were that the house would be left to us (his 4 kids) We are now scared and wondering if there is anything we can do to stop the house being left to the wrong person!x


    Our Response:

    As step children, you would not automatically inherit and need to discuss this with your step mother.

  83. Hi I am after advice on am power of attorney to my sisters estate…paying nursing home etc.there is no will but she hasn’t got long left do I get her estate being power of attorney I do have 2 other siblings to share with Thankyou

  84. Lu lu – Your Question:

    No will when mum died 18yrs ago her eldest son died before her he had 3 children. Leaving my brother & myself the daughter. My brother said he had been made executor of theEstate & it was to be divided between son, daughter & the three children of the brother who haddied. He told me that he had tried to contact them but could not find any trace of them.In the event of this happening after many years the money would be divided between the two of us, It had to be invested in the highest earning account in the bank until lit was claimed. I have askedHim & his wife about the money a few times, they say you have to wait for years before you canClaim it.they did not have children, but it would help my son towards his mortgage.He did notSpeak to mum for over 20 years except to borrow £100. Towards an new car & 6 months beforeHer passing away. P.S. He never repaid her. Advise me please. Thankyou.


    Our Response:

    You were entitled to your share when the estate was first administered. Speak to a solicitor and find out how many years the remaining sum must be kept (usually between 12 and 30 years) before being divided between the two of you.

  85. john – Your Question:

    Hi I am after advice on am power of attorney to my sisters estate.paying nursing home etc.there is no will but she hasn’t got long left do I get her estate being power of attorney I do have 2 other siblings to share withThankyou


    Our Response:

    No you do not inherit an estate simply because you have power of attorney. If there is no Will, the estate will go through probate and will be split according to the rules of inheritance as detailed above.

  86. Hey dad bought a house with his brother in 1957. I was not born at what time. Me & my brother sister come to England with my mum in the 1984-85. My dad really old at that time since being in London my anti keeps tell as your dad sale the house to them but my dad didn’t say anything to as. We was really young didn’t know what was happening & mum she didn’t tell as my dad sales house.now my dad & mum dead. Now older 35 year man. Now trus come out got my dad sale the house.plz help the been lieing to as 25yaer. Plz some Help to got justice.

  87. My mother has recently passed away..her husband my stepfather died a week before. How do I find out if she left a will. I am the youngest of 3 siblings and my brother has sorted everything …gone through the house etc ….sorted funeral….gone to her bank….but how can I find out if mum left a will. My brother and I do not get along since my mother became ill

  88. piggy – Your Question:

    My mother has recently passed away.her husband my stepfather died a week before. How do I find out if she left a will. I am the youngest of 3 siblings and my brother has sorted everything.gone through the house etc.sorted funeral.gone to her bank.but how can I find out if mum left a will. My brother and I do not get along since my mother became ill


    Our Response:

    The usual means of finding a will are via the deceased’s own paperwork, their solicitor (or local solicitors if you do not know whether they had one), their bank or the London Probate Department. (If there is a property, a reasonable sum of money or pensions etc involved then the estate would have gone through probate)

  89. Mu mum died in 2009, and i was informed by police yesterday that my stepdad had been found deceased in his flat. Im the only next of kin and there is no family contactable, how do i go about things as i will sort everything from his bank, to what happens with his work pention…having learning difficulties myself (find it hard fully understanding) il find it hard working through the process….i was also in care from 1 to 18 years old so i literally have no help to hand. How do i find out if he had a will, and sort everything else.

  90. My father in law has died on 1997.he has three sons n three daughter including my husband.for his certain death he could not make any will ..now from so many yrs his properties is belonging to other two brothers n their family without any will where that might b make sure that this part of properties belonging to them..now my mother in law staying with us.so qstion us that is she have any spcl right to handle n take disicions of his husband’s property.n if she want in that case can she make a will in that case???

  91. elles1979 – Your Question:

    Mu mum died in 2009, and I was informed by police yesterday that my stepdad had been found deceased in his flat. Im the only next of kin and there is no family contactable, how do I go about things as I will sort everything from his bank, to what happens with his work pention.having learning difficulties myself (find it hard fully understanding) il find it hard working through the process.i was also in care from 1 to 18 years old so I literally have no help to hand. How do I find out if he had a will, and sort everything else.


    Our Response:

    Do you have a trusted friend or family member who can help? There is a lot of information the internet about what to do but it might be easier for you to ring Citizens’ Advice. They will ask you what information you have and probably make an appointment for you to take the paperwork and they’ll help you sort out any paperwork and advise you on how to arrange the funeral etc.

  92. My mum has just recently suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. I am her daughter and tho there may be other family members we have no contact with any of them and haven’t for a very long time (10 years plus). I have lived with my mum for 2 years. I can’t find a will and did a search on the national registry online which came back negative. My problem is I have an older brother that neither of us have seen or spoken to him in over 20 years. My mum didn’t want anything to go to him. She didn’t want him anywhere near our sanctuary. But without a will…how can I make sure her wishes are carried out. I am doing this pretty much on my own and I’m petrified of losing our home because the law doesn’t take into account the fact that the estrangement has been so long, no attempt in contact…I don’t even know where anyone is….. Please- what am I supposed to do? How can I make sure that our home stays this way?

  93. hi, my neighbor’s wife died three weeks ago. he knows she has money in one or two banks but he does not know which ones, the accounts may be joint with his name on them. how can he find out about the accounts and in which banks they are held? also he does not know if she left a will. how can he find out about this as well. please help.

  94. Hi a very long time ago my grandad gave me money to have in my account for myself and my 2 children my grandad passed away 2 weeks ago. He has 3 children who are after that money can they have that money or contest means my grandad didn’t have a will.

  95. dinamo – Your Question:

    Hi, my neighbor’s wife died three weeks ago. he knows she has money in one or two banks but he does not know which ones, the accounts may be joint with his name on them. how can he find out about the accounts and in which banks they are held? also he does not know if she left a will. how can he find out about this as well. please help.


    Our Response:

    Check all wife’s paperwork at home. It would be strange if a husband did not know about a will made by a spouse but if he doesn’t find a copy in the home he could check around local solicitor firms in the area in which he lives. As for the banks if they’re joint accounts he will know which ones they are. Any other banks – he could try writing to with a copy of the death certificate asking if they have information of any accounts she held. To seek further information about a Will if he gets nowhere with solicitors or banks, he could also check companies that offer the storage of wills – search via the London Probate department.

  96. ourrach – Your Question:

    Hi a very long time ago my grandad gave me money to have in my account for myself and my 2 children my grandad passed away 2 weeks ago. He has 3 children who are after that money can they have that money or contest means my grandad didn’t have a will.


    Our Response:

    No, if it was a gift given to you, why would anyone else have a claim on it?

  97. i have been contacted by heir hunters as my dad died in 2012 and we lost contact, its not a lot of money according to them but they want 20% so i thought i would see if i could make a claim myself but they told me it will cost me as i have to prove my blood line with copies of death, marriage and birth certificates from all his family which i cant afford, is this true. any help will be appreciated. thanks

  98. rev – Your Question:

    I have been contacted by heir hunters as my dad died in 2012 and we lost contact, its not a lot of money according to them but they want 20% so I thought I would see if I could make a claim myself but they told me it will cost me as I have to prove my blood line with copies of death, marriage and birth certificates from all his family which I cant afford, is this true. any help will be appreciated. thanks


    Our Response:

    No, do not automatically sign anything or decide to use this firm especially if they will not tell you the size of the inheritance. Contact HM Treasury Solicitor’s office for the details of the administrator responsible for distributing the estate – they are obliged to consider your claim for free.

  99. Hi ive cared for my grandad last 6 years with dementia he didnt have a will and now has passed away god bless him i know hes got abit of monry after funeral paid hes got 9 kids but im hes granddaugter and im next of kin. Who is intilted to hes money..

  100. My aunt passed away without a will. Her two sisters were living with her and her daughter is trying to put them out so she can sell the house. Is that possible if it wasn’t a will? Or would they have to move? I’m sure there isn’t a will.

  101. My sister died in a care home this year. she had two sons who were put into care in England. She left no will. There is no contact available for the sons. What is the best way to trace them. If they r not traced what happens to her estate. There r other sisters. Any information pls.

  102. Hi my grandmom past away and had no will.but she left a home.her two dauters are still alive.but she said the house was gonna be mine.and I was going to stay with her and my grandpa but thy passe away can I still have the house.

  103. My mother died without leaving a will 3 weeks later my stepfather died also without leaving a will wot happens try o my mothers estate

  104. lisa – Your Question:

    Hi my grandmom past away and had no will.but she left a home.her two dauters are still alive.but she said the house was gonna be mine.and I was going to stay with her and my grandpa but thy passe away can I still have the house.


    Our Response:

    You will have to see a solicitor about this. The usual rules of intestacy state that the estate is shared between the children. Where the one of the children has died, the grandchildren inherit.

  105. Please try and advise, my father in law passed away with terminal cancer recently, all through this process my husbands step mum has organised everything saying that she was following what our dad wanted, unfortunately when my brother in law asked if dad had left anything for them her immediate response was that he hadn’t made a will, is there anything they can do? They are aware that the property is owned by mum in law.

  106. Hi, My father passed away recently my oldest sister was executor of the will. We did not get along and hadn’t spoken for a long time,however I was very close to my dad. She would not involve me with anything to do with the funeral or decisions regarding my fathers wishes. My father did not leave a will my sister dealt with everything excluding me from it. Whatever monies were left she shared with my youngest sister and herself totally excluding me. Can she do that, is their anything I can do ?

  107. chris – Your Question:

    My mother died without leaving a will3 weeks later my stepfather died also without leaving a will wot happens try o my mothers estate


    Our Response:

    Usually, the estate would have passed to your stepfather when your mother died. Unless specified otherwise the estate would normally go to any natural (or adopted) children of the stepfather.

  108. Vee – Your Question:

    Please try and advise, my father in law passed away with terminal cancer recently, all through this process my husbands step mum has organised everything saying that she was following what our dad wanted, unfortunately when my brother in law asked if dad had left anything for them her immediate response was that he hadn’t made a will, is there anything they can do? They are aware that the property is owned by mum in law.


    Our Response:

    If he didn’t make a Will, the usual rules of intestacy will apply. If there are surviving children, grandchildren or great grandchildren of the person who died and the estate is valued at more than £250,000, your step-mother-law will inherit all the personal property and belongings plus the first £250,000 of the estate, and half of the remaining estate.

  109. Kizzy123 – Your Question:

    Hi,My father passed away recently my oldest sister was executor of the will.We did not get along and hadn’t spoken for a long time,however I was very close to my dad.She would not involve me with anything to do with the funeral or decisions regarding my fathers wishes.My father did not leave a will my sister dealt with everything excluding me from it.Whatever monies were left she shared with my youngest sister and herself totally excluding me.Can she do that, is their anything I can do ?


    Our Response:

    No, the rules of intestacy mean that any estate should be shared between children if the other parent has died. You might need to see a solicitor to pusue this.

  110. My mom died without leaving a will. My mom didn’t have any kids with my stepdad. He did not legally Adopt my little sis. i now want to be the sole carer of my little sis. Am I legally right to do so? Pls advice

  111. Hi,My wifes dad died without a will,but had left a note with the bank stating that she should take care of his business.He was heavily indebted and she bought the house off the bank,so they wouldn’t sell it.He has other children that want a share,but didn’t help pay the debts,what happens?

  112. Property was bought by mum, her mum and my stepdad. My mum died intestate 23 years ago, my nan dies 3 years after. My stepfather had all property etc.. and remarried would me and my brother still have a claim to any money in the house should something happen to my step dad?

  113. Please advise my mum died and her will went missing. I tried to find it but had no luck . Everything went to my step dad leaving myself sister and grandchildren with nothing I feel that mum would have made a will We was so close. It has been over 3 years but I haven’t been strong enough to pursue this .

  114. tt – Your Question:

    Property was bought by mum, her mum and my stepdad. My mum died intestate 23 years ago, my nan dies 3 years after. My stepfather had all property etc. and remarried would me and my brother still have a claim to any money in the house should something happen to my step dad?


    Our Response:

    No it is unlikely that you would…your stepfather is now the property owner and if he dies intestate his estate will go to his spouse and any natural children.

  115. I have always lived at my mum and dads home with my so. I have 2 brothers who both have their own homes. My dad passed away 2 years ago so it was my mum my son and myself living in the house. My mum has just passed away and left no will. What happens to my son and me now

  116. Hi My mum passed away two weeks ago from severe dementia. She remarried to my step dad. They lived in mums house that was bought and paid for by mums divorce to my real dad. I’ve just found out my step dad had made mum sign a deputy ship agreement as she couldnt make any decisions .. i was never informed of this and would never have agreed to it. My step dad says there is a will in which my brother and i will get mums money when he dies, but he wont show me it. Ive contacted their solicitors, and they say they have no will on the system for my mum. Surely someone cant come into my mums life, make her sign everything over to himself without notifying her children, then when she dies as there is probably no will… get everything? That just seems like theft! Any advice would be good please if you can

  117. My mother died over 4 years ago and didn’t leave a will. My brother had P.O.A as she was in a nursing home. He still hasn’t settled her estate. I have other brothers and sisters and we don’t know what should happen.

  118. My mum died and my younger sister has taken over all my mums arrangements for funeral, herr possessions and her bank account, I believe my mum had less that 10.000 pounds but money in the house and jewellery have all gone , how has she been able to do this when there is no will

  119. Jules69 – Your Question:

    Hi My mum passed away two weeks ago from severe dementia. She remarried to my step dad. They lived in mums house that was bought and paid for by mums divorce to my real dad. I’ve just found out my step dad had made mum sign a deputy ship agreement as she couldnt make any decisions. I was never informed of this and would never have agreed to it. My step dad says there is a will in which my brother and I will get mums money when he dies, but he wont show me it. Ive contacted their solicitors, and they say they have no will on the system for my mum. Surely someone cant come into my mums life, make her sign everything over to himself without notifying her children, then when she dies as there is probably no will. get everything? That just seems like theft! Any advice would be good please if you can


    Our Response:

    If your mother did not make a Will then the rules of intestacy state that where an estate is valued at over £250,000, the husband keeps all the assets (including property), up to £250,000, and all the personal possessions, whatever their value. The rest of the estate is then shared as follows:
    Your step father receives half of the remainder
    the other half is then divided equally between the surviving biological children.
    If there is a Will and you want to contest it, you must do so via the usual means. Please note it is quite normal for a spouse to be given power of attorney over the other spouse’s affairs once dementia or alzheimers renders then incapable of managing them themselves.

  120. foxy – Your Question:

    My mother died over 4 years ago and didn’t leave a will. My brother had P.O.A as she was in a nursing home. He still hasn’t settled her estate. I have other brothers and sisters and we don’t know what should happen.


    Our Response:

    Check with the probate register to see who was responsible for administering the estate. It’s not necessarily the responsibility of the person who had P.O.A while the deceased was alive.

  121. Hi my dad just died. I’m in my 30s with 4 children. His sister was his carer and is has decided to take all of his possessions to keep for my children when they are older. She is in her 50’s. Does she have this right? My dad wrote no will.

  122. Lorri – Your Question:

    My mum died and my younger sister has taken over all my mums arrangements for funeral, herr possessions and her bank account, I believe my mum had less that 10.000 pounds but money in the house and jewellery have all gone , how has she been able to do this when there is no will


    Our Response:

    She shouldn’t have taken any of the possessions from the house until the estate has been through probate. Contact a solicitor for advice.

  123. My sister died 7 years ago, she wasn’t married and had no children, my brother who we rarely talked to insisted on dealing with everything, he searched her flat, and told me there wasn’t a will and that there was just enough money to bury her with, she rented a property, but I know she had a car. I have always been suspicious that she may have had money as she had received an inheritance of £30,000 about a year before she died. My brother is not an easy person to talk to and as I suffer from anxiety and depression I have not felt strong enough to dispute this. Would he have been able to get money from her accounts by claiming to be the only relative – have I left this all too late?

  124. My mom and dad married very young, and were married for 11 years before I was born. When I was nearly one they bought the house I grew up in, deposit paid for by savings accrued by my mom and dad who both worked full-time. My mom died when I was 4 and my dad re-married when I was nearly 7. He and my step-mother divorced after about 20 years of being married. My step-mother forced the sale of the house and took half of the proceeds, which by then were worth a good sum, and virtually no mortgage. I have one half sibling. He and I want to know whether his mother, my step-mother, should have protected the legacy of my own mother’s investment in the property. Or is it simply that on death all her assets passed to our (now late) father so his second wife became entitled to half? We doubt that my mother left a will as she was only 34 and her death was sudden and unexpected. My step-mother did work small part-time occasional jobs for some of the time but was mostly a stay-at-home wife, so her financial contribution was negligible, whereas my own mother’s original contribution was 50%.

  125. Hi my cousin passed away on christmas day he was more like my brother as when we was kids he lived with us we have alway been very close he left no will and his sister who he didnt get on with was left everything but recently we saw his close friend and he told us that our cousin always said that if anything ever happend to him that me my sister and brother as well as his own sister will be financially ok as he wonted us t all have money he’d saved but his sister as kept it all to her self can she do that???

  126. Hi, my husband passed away four years ago. Leaving no will and a insolvant estate. He was married and in the divorce papers the house goes to her. They divorced in 2009 and he never did the transfer. The house is still in both their names. I was the excutor and now they want me to sign the transfer of the house to her name. The house was not part of the estate. Who gets the other half of the house? Do i sign even if it was not in the estate?

  127. My brother died, he lived with his partner for 14 years not married & no will she was not on any of the bills or mortgage. He has a son whe inherits everything but now the partner is stating a claim. What is a fair amount to offer her?

  128. cupiedoll – Your Question:

    Hi, my husband passed away four years ago. Leaving no will and a insolvant estate. He was married and in the divorce papers the house goes to her. They divorced in 2009 and he never did the transfer. The house is still in both their names. I was the excutor and now they want me to sign the transfer of the house to her name. The house was not part of the estate. Who gets the other half of the house? Do I sign even if it was not in the estate?


    Our Response:

    You should get a legal professional to look into this as we do not have all the details.

  129. Sfs – Your Question:

    My brother died, he lived with his partner for 14 years not married & no will she was not on any of the bills or mortgage. He has a son whe inherits everything but now the partner is stating a claim. What is a fair amount to offer her?


    Our Response:

    We don’t really know enough about the situtaion to comment. Did she work during this time? Did she contribute to the household? Clearly she has brought up their son etc.

  130. My mother has arranged in her will to leave her money equally between me, my two brothers and my stepfather. Sadly my stepfather died recently. If she leaves the will as it is, when she dies will the money left to my stepfather now go to his children (my step sisters?). Many thanks

  131. Before my father died in 1986 he wrote his will in that if he and his wife died then the property would be equally divided up between his 5 children. After he died, some 3-4 years later, my mother sold the house to her daughter (2nd oldest). Recently my mother died, does this mean the will is now void as it is in owerneship with my 2nd eldest sister.

  132. 10ccgreatestband – Your Question:

    Before my father died in 1986 he wrote his will in that if he and his wife died then the property would be equally divided up between his 5 children. After he died, some 3-4 years later, my mother sold the house to her daughter (2nd oldest). Recently my mother died, does this mean the will is now void as it is in owerneship with my 2nd eldest sister.


    Our Response:

    If she sold the house to your sister, then it now belongs to your sister and doesn’t form part of your mother’s estate. Any funds, assets (if she bought a different property) etc should be split equally between the five of you.

  133. Hi There, My Father Sadly passed away in November and was in the process of drafting a will but was never signed before he passed. Although still married, my mother and him separated almost 7years ago and she moved out of their home and in with her new boyfriend. Mum has now mentioned that she wants to move back into their home, along with the new boyfriend so as he can surrender his council ouse and they can live in what we considered to be Dad’s house. This leaves my siste and I with no inhertaance at all now is that right? There is no mortgage on the property and is all paid for (estimated @ approx £380,000 – £400,000) – Dad would never have wanted this to happen and my sister is finding it really quite hard to come to terms with. Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks Guys. x

  134. SMICK – Your Question:

    Hi There, My Father Sadly passed away in November and was in the process of drafting a will but was never signed before he passed. Although still married, my mother and him separated almost 7years ago and she moved out of their home and in with her new boyfriend. Mum has now mentioned that she wants to move back into their home, along with the new boyfriend so as he can surrender his council ouse and they can live in what we considered to be Dad’s house. This leaves my siste and I with no inhertaance at all now is that right? There is no mortgage on the property and is all paid for (estimated @ approx £380,000 – £400,000) – Dad would never have wanted this to happen and my sister is finding it really quite hard to come to terms with. Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks Guys. x


    Our Response:

    If you can prove that the separation took place and when, that may help you to contest it, also if you have the draft Will your father wrote, it may be taken account of if it can be verified. Under automatic inheritance (if person dies intestate) rules the surviving married partner will take all of the first £250,000 and plus half of the remainder, the children get half of anything above £250,000.

  135. If you have step brothers and sisters, who would get the property of the parents in case of their death and there is no will? Does it still fall on the eldest child?

  136. Emma – Your Question:

    If you have step brothers and sisters, who would get the property of the parents in case of their death and there is no will? Does it still fall on the eldest child?


    Our Response:

    If a couple dies intestate, their natural children inherit.

  137. Hello. My Nan sadly died 3 (nearly 4) years ago and my brother picked up her ashes as soon as they were realised.Nan’s eldest daughter gave permission for my brother to pick up the ashes as she was living in Australia and we was her closest family. Nan left no will. My auntie is now demanding back the ashes all these years later. My question is, my brother now legally responsible for the ashes, or does he by law, have to give them back.? My auntie is threatening us with solicitors, so was just wondering where we stand really.? Many thanks.

  138. My husband died unexpectedly recently although he was Scottish he had lived in England for 35 years and for 23 of them with me. He also died in England, hes left no will and no insurance. Hes left £6,000 and owns a small property in Scotland worth about £80,000 which his father lives in. My father in law is now saying I shouldn’t inherit the property because it comes under Scottish succession law so I need to know if succession law applies when you live and die in England. I was going to apply for probate through the English court.

  139. My mother recently died leaving no will. My older siblings have disposed of all of her belongings, cashed policies and shared everything between themselves and their children. They advise I will not be receiving anything. They told me that they made sure to transfer bank accounts into their joint names prior to my mothers death to make sure everything passed to them as they knew she had made no will. Surely this is not allowed ?

  140. Kylie – Your Question:

    Hello. My Nan sadly died 3 (nearly 4) years ago and my brother picked up her ashes as soon as they were realised.Nan’s eldest daughter gave permission for my brother to pick up the ashes as she was living in Australia and we was her closest family. Nan left no will. My auntie is now demanding back the ashes all these years later. My question is, my brother now legally responsible for the ashes, or does he by law, have to give them back.? My auntie is threatening us with solicitors, so was just wondering where we stand really.? Many thanks.


    Our Response:

    We don’t have details of who the next of kin was etc. In general ashes will only be released to the funeral director or a named person who has to provide identification. Most crematoria will only keep ashes for 30 days so, it does seem a bit late in the day for auntie to be taking an interest.

  141. confused – Your Question:

    My husband died unexpectedly recently although he was Scottish he had lived in England for 35 years and for 23 of them with me. He also died in England, hes left no will and no insurance. Hes left £6,000 and owns a small property in Scotland worth about £80,000 which his father lives in. My father in law is now saying I shouldn’t inherit the property because it comes under Scottish succession law so I need to know if succession law applies when you live and die in England. I was going to apply for probate through the English court.


    Our Response:

    Scottish laws of succession suggest that the spouse or civil partner inherit property where this is no Will and half of the “moveable” estate. Take a look at this Scottish government document. It’s definitely worth seeking legal advice before you proceed.

  142. Dorian – Your Question:

    My mother recently died leaving no will. My older siblings have disposed of all of her belongings, cashed policies and shared everything between themselves and their children. They advise I will not be receiving anything. They told me that they made sure to transfer bank accounts into their joint names prior to my mothers death to make sure everything passed to them as they knew she had made no will. Surely this is not allowed ?


    Our Response:

    This sounds suspicious. Your mother would have had to give permission for any transfers prior to her death. Seek legal advice.

  143. I bought a house in 1995 as joint tentants with my ex partner he left in 1998 our 3 children are grown up now but still live at the home with me .for the past 18 years he has not helped to maintain his children or made any contributions for the mortgage payments or any home improvments. we have a recieved a letter from his solicitor stating that he wants to sell the house and claim 50% or we have to pay him rent to live in the house. my question is can i make him pay back the maintenance for his children for the past 16 years and does he have a right to make us sell or pay rent ? as he has had no interest in the house until now.

  144. Hello. My mum passed away recently without making a will. My brothers all live in houses which were bought for them by parents. My father passed away almost 10 years ago, abroad. All the property he had abroad, my brothers say was left to them only. We are three sisters and did not get a share of any property abroad. I think the will was altered, but we have no proof. My mother had her own property here in the UK. Now my brothers are saying, she intended to leave that property to her grandchildren. Meaning their children only. She also left a good amount of gold jewellery, they are also claiming, she intended to leave that to their children also. But there is not a will. What are we sisters entitled to. Will they be able to get away with it, as they have done with the huge amount of property abroad. The country in question, is where you can pay money to have anything done.

  145. Hi my sister died 6 months ago of cancer she was only 55 she didnt leave a will her husband died 4yrs ago no children so our dad will get everything the problem is my sister would never want dad to get it he left our mum while she was on oxygen 16 hours a day and not long to live for another woman my sister hated this woman with a passion dads already said he’s leaving everything to this woman dads told us we’re getting nothing from donna,s estate we have asked him to split it equal with all of us but he,s said no can we contest him

  146. My dad passed 5 weeks ago my mum a week later then my brother 3 days ago with no wills I am the eldest son of 8 siblings and am not sure who is entitled to there estate they had a home and a substantial amount of cash to which a couple of sister’s have already dipping into as they have my parents bank cards my little brother who was paraplegic had a large sum of money but never married and had 2 daughter to 2 different women my sister’s have informed them that they will be getting nothing as they claim they have power of attorney over his estate but can’t produce documents to back this up where do I stand on all this

  147. Goat – Your Question:

    My dad passed 5 weeks ago my mum a week later then my brother 3 days ago with no wills I am the eldest son of 8 siblings and am not sure who is entitled to there estate they had a home and a substantial amount of cash to which a couple of sister’s have already dipping into as they have my parents bank cards my little brother who was paraplegic had a large sum of money but never married and had 2 daughter to 2 different women my sister’s have informed them that they will be getting nothing as they claim they have power of attorney over his estate but can’t produce documents to back this up where do I stand on all this


    Our Response:

    Under the usual rules of inheritance, where there is no Will, the estate will be divided equally between you and your remaining siblings. Because your brother has died, his share will go to his two children. Until probate has been granted, nothing should be taken/removed from the estate. Your first step should be to apply for probate (via a solicitor is often the best option). Here is some more infomation about probate. Send a copy of the death certificates to your parents’ bank so that no further money can be withdrawn.

  148. My grandfather recently passed away, himself and my grandmother were not married although together 40 years and having children together is this correct that she is not intitle to any of his estate including the home they live in which he also owned himself

  149. My grandfather died in Scotland in 1962. He left no will but his estate includes a piece of land. The title deeds are still in my grandfathers name and we have recently been approached to sell the land. My mother is one of 4 children,3 of which had children of their own. According to Scots law of 1964 the estate should have been split amongst all 4 children. I can’t find how the law stood in 1962 when he died and a relative is claiming as his father was the eldest son, the entire estate belongs to him. Is this correct? x

  150. LisaF – Your Question:

    My grandfather died in Scotland in 1962. He left no will but his estate includes a piece of land. The title deeds are still in my grandfathers name and we have recently been approached to sell the land. My mother is one of 4 children,3 of which had children of their own. According to Scots law of 1964 the estate should have been split amongst all 4 children. I can’t find how the law stood in 1962 when he died and a relative is claiming as his father was the eldest son, the entire estate belongs to him. Is this correct? x


    Our Response:

    We’re not sure…the current laws of succession in Scotland date back to the 1964 act (as you’ve found out). You might need to seek legal advice.

  151. My husband passed away over a year now. We had been seperated for 6 years he offered no funancial support. We had joint mortgage which i contined to pay alone and kept up the mortgage protection also. He had three further children to his partner thou they claimed benefits living seperately. I had two children to him. The home is valued 130,000 i cleared 90,000of mortgage owed, from protection Plan which left 40,000 . We had not fully divorced. The mother of the three children has claim family financial assistance as the home went ti me. She claiming half the property 65000 for the children. Is this right and fair.

  152. My dad passed away suddenly and he had all his belongings in his house which he lived in! He lived with his partner of six years but she is not on his mortgage, his family think he has a will and saving for myself (daughter). The partner is refusing to hand anything over saying it belongs to her! What right do I have to get my dads belongings back? It makes it worse because he split up with her before he died!

  153. My boyfriends dad is a widower, and won’t make a will and as my boyfriend still lives with his dad in the family house , what happens if his dad dies ? Will he be homeless and what will happen to the house etc . My boyfriend is 48 , was born there and his mum died 18 ago . Would he inherit automatically or will it go to court ? I worry that as his dad still has many surviving brothers and sisters he would lose his only home ??

  154. Fran – Your Question:

    My husband passed away over a year now. We had been seperated for 6 years he offered no funancial support. We had joint mortgage which I contined to pay alone and kept up the mortgage protection also.He had three further children to his partner thou they claimed benefits living seperately. I had two children to him.The home is valued 130,000 I cleared 90,000of mortgage owed, from protectionPlan which left 40,000. We had not fully divorced. The mother of the three children has claim family financial assistance as the home went ti me. She claiming half the property 65000 for the children. Is this right and fair.


    Our Response:

    We really think you should seek legal advice on this, as you’ve carried on paying the mortgage yourself for the past 6 years it may be that you could argue you have more right to it.

  155. Ml – Your Question:

    My dad passed away suddenly and he had all his belongings in his house which he lived in! He lived with his partner of six years but she is not on his mortgage, his family think he has a will and saving for myself (daughter). The partner is refusing to hand anything over saying it belongs to her! What right do I have to get my dads belongings back? It makes it worse because he split up with her before he died!


    Our Response:

    As they were not officially married, your father’s estate will naturally pass to his children under the laws of inheritance. You may have to use the services of a solicitor to make sure the correct people inherit. If you think there might be a Will, try his bank, local solicitors, a search of the house etc.

  156. my grandmother passed away in 2008 and did not leave a will i never received any inheritance but have just found out that my aunt (now also deceased) was the executor by grant of probate there was a house which was given to my cousins i think i should have been entitled to part of this house or the proceeds thereof is it too late to contest the probate distribution ?

  157. roy – Your Question:

    My grandmother passed away in 2008 and did not leave a will i never received any inheritance but have just found out that my aunt (now also deceased) was the executor by grant of probate there was a house which was given to my cousins i think I should have been entitled to part of this house or the proceeds thereofis it too late to contest the probate distribution ?


    Our Response:

    You can contest a Will as a potential beneficiary up to 12 years after the death. Bear in mind however, that after 8 years, it’s likely that all the assets will have been disposed off, so there may be little remaining of the estate.

  158. My uncle passed away recently and has since been cremated. We have decided that we would like his ashes to be placed in the grave of his parents, we thought this would be a straight forward procedure but the crematorium have advised us that we need to apply for a probate grant ?? My uncle has not left a will.

  159. I’m writing my own will. I own a house but live alone. I also have no children so my direct family members are my parents. I want to leave my entire estate to my parents. Does this makes sense that basically I want everything left to them?: I know this is a legal matter, but I just want to check if it makes sense to someone else: I direct my Executor to divide the residue of my estate to my parents, so and so and so and so of 111 road, town, postcode. Thanks

  160. jules91 – Your Question:

    I’m writing my own will. I own a house but live alone. I also have no children so my direct family members are my parents. I want to leave my entire estate to my parents.Does this makes sense that basically I want everything left to them?: I know this is a legal matter, but I just want to check if it makes sense to someone else:I direct my Executor to divide the residue of my estate to my parents, so and so and so and so of 111 road, town, postcode.Thanks


    Our Response:

    Yes – make sure you have the Will witnessed by two indendent witnesses. When you say “I direct my Executor to divide the residue of my estate to my parents” – that suggests that part of your Will is going somewhere else – or is it simply after funeral costs/debts are taken out? It’s worth getting it looked over for legality etc.

  161. My brother in law died suddenly last year, he didn’t have a will. He has four children, 7 years ago he gifted two properties to his relatives. Was wondering do his kids have any right over the properties gifted

  162. I lost my mum many years ago and my dad a few months ago. They were happily married for 50 years. Again no will. My name was in the house I grew up in since I was little and my name was added to another title deed a few years ago to another property. My siblings, who are step children to my father have been throwing abuse at me, scare mongering, saying they will fight to get whats rightfully theirs. They didnt have a relationship with my dad and he told me time and time again that he didnt need to write a will because I was his only child. Is IHT payable on the house that I grew up in? My name has been on he title deed as joint owners with my parents.

  163. Hello, I lived with my partner for 11 years in her home the mortage was paid off by her before we met but now that she has passed away her family want to charge me rent can they do this

  164. My father recently moved to spain with his new Russian wife. He died a few days ago and I believe their is no will. He did not have property but had savings. My father is British and I am not sure if the savings were in a joint bank account. I am his only daughter. Am I entitled to any inheritance. Thank you

  165. My nan passed away and didn’t leave a will, my alcoholic mother inherited all assets including a property. This was sold and my mother wanted all money from the proceeds of the sale of the house transferring to my account which I later found out was to enable her to fraudulently claim benefits. She hasn’t cleared off several of my nans outstanding debts and is frittering money away on her alcohol addiction. I have since advised her that I refuse to give her any more of the money as she is acting illegally. She stole from my nan whilst she was acting as her carer and left her in sheer poverty whilst my mum funded her alcoholism. Where do i stand in handing over any more of the money as in the past 8 months she has had 40k and spent the best part down the pub

  166. jo – Your Question:

    My father recently moved to spain with his new Russian wife. He died a few days ago and I believe their is no will. He did not have property but had savings. My father is British and I am not sure if the savings were in a joint bank account. I am his only daughter. Am I entitled to any inheritance. Thank you


    Our Response:

    Under UK rules if there is no Will and the estate is valued at more than £250,000, the wife will inherit all the personal property and belongings of and the first £250,000 of the estate, and half of the remaining estate. So you as the only child would get the other half of the remaining estate.

  167. Hi. My partners father passed away and we are not sure if mothers status for probate in whether house was solely or jointly owned. We need to know the status in order to confirm for declaration for IHT or exempt. The property is unregistered with Land Registry and bank hold original Title Deeds which we need to see either original or a copy to confirm. Can we request this from the mortgage company prior to obtaining probate Grant as it makes a difference on the probate and tax forms depending on her status? Many thanks

  168. Lily – Your Question:

    My nan passed away and didn’t leave a will, my alcoholic mother inherited all assets including a property. This was sold and my mother wanted all money from the proceeds of the sale of the house transferring to my account which I later found out was to enable her to fraudulently claim benefits. She hasn’t cleared off several of my nans outstanding debts and is frittering money away on her alcohol addiction. I have since advised her that I refuse to give her any more of the money as she is acting illegally. She stole from my nan whilst she was acting as her carer and left her in sheer poverty whilst my mum funded her alcoholism. Where do I stand in handing over any more of the money as in the past 8 months she has had 40k and spent the best part down the pub


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will If the children inherit the whole estate, so your mother was rightly left everything. What she decides to do with the money is up to her. If she decdided to transder it to your account to fraudulently claim benefits you could either refuse to keep it or contact the fraud department at the DWP/Job centre…whichever benefit she is trying to claim.

  169. BooBoo – Your Question:

    Hi.My partners father passed away and we are not sure if mothers status for probate in whether house was solely or jointly owned.We need to know the status in order to confirm for declaration for IHT or exempt.The property is unregistered with Land Registry and bank hold original Title Deeds which we need to see either original or a copy to confirm.Can we request this from the mortgage company prior to obtaining probate Grant as it makes a difference on the probate and tax forms depending on her status?Many thanks


    Our Response:

    If you ahve a copy of the death certificate you should be able to apply for a COPY of the title deeds.

  170. my mothers done a basic will leaving every thing to her step grandaughter and nothing to her natural children can we contest it

  171. Hi there I need to find out for someone if there dad wife is entitled to his estate even though they have been separated for 7 years and hes left no will

  172. carplady – Your Question:

    My mothers done a basic will leaving every thing to her step grandaughter and nothing to her natural children can we contest it


    Our Response:

    There are several grounds under which you can contest a Will such as if the deceased was of unsound mind or heavily influenced when making the Will. If you are a dependent child you will find it easier to contest a Will than as an adult. You should contact a legal professional for advice.

  173. can you please advise me as my mother recently passed away, but hasn’t made a will. she has 7 children including myself. one of my brothers is dealing with her finances. she had some money left over once the funeral and other bills had been paid. what would happen next as one of my brothers is dealing with this. can he keep the money that has been left or is there a law stating he has to distribute the money out. I don’t know what can be done or what I would need to do.

  174. My father died 20 years ago and must have left everything to my step mum. Don’t think she has made a will since before my dad died. As mine and my brothers step mum for over 50 years and no children of her own. Are we entitled anything? She was in a nursing home for her last 8 years.

  175. My Mother passed away in New Zealand a year after going to live with my sister. She took my Father’s war diary with her. After her death I asked about the diary and my neice is refusing to let me have it or even borrow it to read. She says my Mother gave it to her to keep. As there was talk of getting it printed I don’t believe that story. I believe she handed it over to get my niece’s husband to put it online as there was talk at the time of getting it printed. If I get a copy of my Mother’s will and it isn’t mentioned have I got a right to a part share of the diary with my sister?

  176. My dad died suddenly at 50 years old in 1993 leaving no will so his then partner of 8 years which he had a mortgage with inherited the house and all his belongings. He was however still married to my mum so should she have not inherited something as I have never received anything and neither did my mum? I would have thought that by law my mum would still be a beneficiary? It’s only just came to light that my dads then partner told people at the time she had to pay my mum off and then she disappeared. My mum never received a penny?

  177. My grandfather passed with his estate passing to my grandmother. My grandmother had a stroke & my aunt was given power of attorney over her estate, after 6 years my grandmother passed away. My mother is estranged from the family & was told there was nothing left of my grandmother’s estate as it was used to pay for the nursing home. I have recently learnt that my aunt & two uncles did indeed receive inheritance from my grandmother’s estate (I do not know the value)…… How have they excluded my mother? Have they broken the law by excluding her? They are all full blood siblings. 9 years have passed since my grandmother’s death, can we do anything to make this fair for my mother?

  178. One month ago I lost the only sibling I had. He was my younger brother by 2 years. And My parents are in nursing homes. My brother had been living with a friend and her husband, she was close to my brother and kind of considered a little sister but not related. I included her during his last 2 weeks at his bedside before he passed. I showed respect because of their bond. But now after he passed, I think I should have been the one to go in his room and pack up his belongings as so when I’m ready to go thru each and every item (process of grieving). And also to make sure if any items should be distributed accordingly. Now there was nothing of value, only sentimental. I was denied the opportunity to personally retrieve his stuff and when she drove it to my house, she only brought clothes, stuffed animals and laptop with 1 small box of irrelevant belongings. I know that there was so much more belongings to someone who was 52 yrs old. It took 3 weeks to finally get another load and it was more of his important personal items. From the very beginning I asked her if there was anything at all she wanted, she was more than welcome. I did go about this respectively honoring thier bond. But I began to get a feeling she wasn’t honest with me. And this is where it all gets more painful, on top of the grieving. Turns out she did confess to taking his arts and crafts, cell phone stating these items were meaningful to her. Now I asked her numerous times let me know whatever it is you want. Never a reply. Well I haven’t heard from her and I know she is grieving his loss but he was my only brother, my blood. I tried to explain to her that this should have been done the right way by allowing me to gather his belongings.This has caused me even more pain in my heart . I trusted her. And she like has just denied me of who I am. She also denied me the pleasure of giving these things to her. By the way this can also mess with someones head while grieving a deep loss. Can someone give a little input on this manner for me? HELP!

  179. My dad past away 4 year ago and his wife had everthing and sald that me and my brother had nothing she has remarred 12 mouths ago so where do me and my brother stand with this has i tho blood should allway have

  180. My parents say they Avnt made a will and 2 of my siblings AV moved back home in the 50s my parents said they can live there as long as they want as I am married with my own home also the oldest grandchild and children will be moving in so how will I go on about Wat is rightfully mine as we do not speak now threw this and if a will has been made because of this argument and I’m lest out and it’s left to the 2 siblings who live there and there granddaughter were do I stand

  181. Terry – Your Question:

    My house is paid off. I have one son does he automaticly inherent the house if I should pass.


    Our Response:

    If there are no other siblings and no spouse, yes, your son will inherit the estate.

  182. I started saving £20 per week 26 years ago my mother started saving this for me because I got into debt with girobank. My mother paid of the debt with girobank I then paid my mother back weekly until the debt was paid, my mother then said did you miss the money you paid weekly I said no she then said carry on paying £20 per week and you will have savings , this I did for over 26 years, mum has now died my money has gone, my sisters are distributing mums money and my savings have gone. I am now 54 have lived with mum all my life, I never married or had children,am I being abused. Mum made a few notes regarding my savings on calenders etc which I have. Please advise me someone.

  183. soper57 – Your Question:

    I started saving £20 per week 26 years ago my mother started saving this for me because I got into debt with girobank. My mother paid of the debt with girobank I then paid my mother back weekly until the debt was paid, my mother then said did you miss the money you paid weekly I said no she then said carry on paying £20 per week and you will have savings , this I did for over 26 years, mum has now died my money has gone, my sisters are distributing mums money and my savings have gone. I am now 54 have lived with mum all my life, I never married or had children,am I being abused. Mum made a few notes regarding my savings on calenders etc which I have. Please advise me someone.


    Our Response:

    Ordinarily, if there was no Will or spouse, the estate would be divided equally between the siblings. If you want to challenge that you should take the evidence you have to a solicitor

  184. My mum died without leaving a will. She had no money but she did have a house, which I understand would go to myself and my sister. (My mum was divorced so I don’t think my dad is entitled to the property.). At first I was perfectly fine with the idea I would split the house between myself and my sister but events before and after my mum’s death have made this idea ridiculous. My siste had not spoken to my mum for 6 years before her death. When she became unwell, I contacted her and asked her to visit my mum. She did not visit, but instead earn a horrible reply to me for goodness knows what reason. When my mum died, I invited her to the funeral and she did not attend and did not even acknowledge I had told her. I have heard nothing from her since. I paid all the funeral costs myself and spent a huge amount of money moving closer to my mum when she got unwell. I have gone through so much stress and spent a huge amount of money and uprooted my entire life when my mum got sick. My sister did nothing. I do not now think she should be entitled to anything. What is likely to happen in this situation? Can I contest her right to a share of the property? Thanks for any help on this matter!

  185. DeeDee – Your Question:

    My mum died without leaving a will. She had no money but she did have a house, which I understand would go to myself and my sister. (My mum was divorced so I don’t think my dad is entitled to the property.). At first I was perfectly fine with the idea I would split the house between myself and my sister but events before and after my mum’s death have made this idea ridiculous. My siste had not spoken to my mum for 6 years before her death. When she became unwell, I contacted her and asked her to visit my mum. She did not visit, but instead earn a horrible reply to me for goodness knows what reason. When my mum died, I invited her to the funeral and she did not attend and did not even acknowledge I had told her. I have heard nothing from her since. I paid all the funeral costs myself and spent a huge amount of money moving closer to my mum when she got unwell. I have gone through so much stress and spent a huge amount of money and uprooted my entire life when my mum got sick. My sister did nothing. I do not now think she should be entitled to anything. What is likely to happen in this situation? Can I contest her right to a share of the property?Thanks for any help on this matter!


    Our Response:

    The expenses you incurred for the funeral etc, can be taken out of the estate. You could try contesting it but unless you have evidence (receipts etc) of the money you spent in caring for your mother, it’s unlikely to succeed.

  186. My brother has lived with his partner for 7 years in a caravan she bought he is working so contributing to everything she died suddenly she has 2 sons who she hasn’t seen a lot son wants to bring her back to hometown for funeral she didn’t want to come back brother wants funeral were they lived what rights does brother have about caravan and funeral please he is so worried

  187. My dad past away 3 months ago. My step mother has everything. We don’t get on never have , never will. Nowill she won’t let me have anything of my father’s. His car that he loved was meant to be for me and my brother. It has now gone and no one is answering my calls or text messages. She also has children of her own which I think she will give most of my dad’s stuff to. What can I do to stop her doing this?

  188. kris – Your Question:

    My dad past away 3 months ago. My step mother has everything. We don’t get on never have , never will. Nowill she won’t let me have anything of my father’s. His car that he loved was meant to be for me and my brother. It has now gone and no one is answering my calls or text messages. She also has children of her own which I think she will give most of my dad’s stuff to. What can I do to stop her doing this?


    Our Response:

    Depending on the value of the estate the rules are that: The husband, wife or civil partner keeps all the assets (including property), up to £250,000, and all the personal possessions, whatever their value. The remainder of the estate will be shared as follows:
    the husband, wife or civil partner gets an absolute interest in half of the remainder
    the other half is then divided equally between the surviving children
    If a son or daughter (or other child where the deceased had a parental role) has already died, their children will inherit in their place.

  189. Father signed house over to me there is a will splitting everything in half does this include the property which is in my name only

  190. My mother was married to my father when she passed on. My was diagnosed with sychatric problem before my mother dies and undergo treatment at hospital to date. The father at some stage attempt suicide by trying to commit arson in the house. The house burned down and use our shares left by our late mom to revamped the house. Lastly our father met an unknown women whom without our concerns enter into a civil marriage. The second wife is now challenges our father to sell the house with our concern. Can we stop this sale cause our is a patient and not in capacity to can take any decisions. Is the marriage proper. If not how can you assist

  191. My grandmother died in 2014 while my mother, her daughter, was still alive and in a care home. My aunts would not give any money from inheritance as they said it would only go on care bills, they told me to try and get POA for my mother but she refused. Since then my mother has died. I always thought my grandmother left a will and my aunt was an executor but I was recently encouraged to search on line for this will and find there is no trace of a will. I think there ought to be a substantial inheritance. I have been advised that my mother as one of four children should have inherited a quarter of estate if there is no will. Is this true and if so what should I do as it would mean my aunts took my mothers inheritance?

  192. My grandfather died when I was a child, my mother is really weak and she let her brothers and sisters literally take everything of her fathers, my older cousin walked off with my grandfathers medals, my uncle constantly claims his father wanted him to have them, I know this was not true, the medals sit in a box, I serve in the armed forces I would like to wear my grandfathers medals on armistice day , I want access to the medals, what rights do I have to the medals there was no will ?

  193. Kathy – Your Question:

    My grandmother died in 2014 while my mother, her daughter, was still alive and in a care home. My aunts would not give any money from inheritance as they said it would only go on care bills, they told me to try and get POA for my mother but she refused. Since then my mother has died. I always thought my grandmother left a will and my aunt was an executor but I was recently encouraged to search on line for this will and find there is no trace of a will. I think there ought to be a substantial inheritance. I have been advised that my mother as one of four children should have inherited a quarter of estate if there is no will. Is this true and if so what should I do as it would mean my aunts took my mothers inheritance?


    Our Response:

    Seek advice from a solicitor – if there was no Will, an ‘administrator’ would have dealt with the estate. A grant of representation to be the administrator of the estate can be given to the deceased’s next of kin, such as a spouse or child. You should be able to see how the estate was administered via the local probate registry

  194. Hi my brother died november 2014,but he was not having a will and no has been nominated for his estate , so the company took the money and gave it to the grandparent of his girlfriend ,my mother was not informed about this ,the just gave that fmily whereas HIS FAMILY IS STILL ALIVE ,MOM,SISTERS,BROTHER, where to start about this . VEAAA

  195. My grandmother died a year ago ,my mothers mum. My grandmother remarried before I was born and this man and she brought me up. My grandmother left no will but would we be able to obtain half the house from him as we believe that he will not given me,my mother or uncle anything.

  196. Chrissie 124 – Your Question:

    My grandfather died when I was a child, my mother is really weak and she let her brothers and sisters literally take everything of her fathers, my older cousin walked off with my grandfathers medals, my uncle constantly claims his father wanted him to have them, I know this was not true, the medals sit in a box, I serve in the armed forces I would like to wear my grandfathers medals on armistice day , I want access to the medals, what rights do I have to the medals there was no will ?


    Our Response:

    The surviving children inherit before the grandchildren. If the estate is being divided amongst the children it’s up to them to divide the personal possessions eqally among themselves. Was there a reason your mother should have got the medals in preference to her brother? If not, there’s not much you can do about it.

  197. veaaaaa – Your Question:

    Hi my brother died november 2014,but he was not having a will and no has been nominated for his estate , so the company took the money and gave it to the grandparent of his girlfriend ,my mother was not informed about this ,the just gave that fmily whereas HIS FAMILY IS STILL ALIVE ,MOM,SISTERS,BROTHER, where to start about this.VEAAA


    Our Response:

    We suggest you seek advice from a solicitor. Under the usual rules of inheritance where there is no Will, if there are parents or children/grandchildren of the deceased, the estate is split between any surviving brothers and sisters.

  198. Hi my sister and brothers dad died in may 2016 suddenly , he was married for just 6 months and the widow has completely shut them out of her life will not answer them about his ashes and if there was a will , she says no but surely they are entitled to something he left a lot of money behind it’s really not about the money but she is now with another man setting up a new life after just 5 months of his passing how can that be right? Any information on where they stand would be great

  199. Belle33 – Your Question:

    Hi my sister and brothers dad died in may 2016 suddenly , he was married for just 6 months and the widow has completely shut them out of her life will not answer them about his ashes and if there was a will , she says no but surely they are entitled to something he left a lot of money behind it’s really not about the money but she is now with another man setting up a new life after just 5 months of his passing how can that be right? Any information on where they stand would be great


    Our Response:

    if there was no will and the estate was worth more than £250,000 – the inheritancy rules are as follows:
    The widow keeps all the assets (including property), up to £250,000, and all the personal possessions, whatever their value.
    The remainder of the estate is shared as follows:
    The widow gets an absolute interest in half of the remainder
    The other half is then divided equally between the surviving children
    If a son or daughter (or other child where the deceased had a parental role) has already died, their children will inherit in their place.

  200. My maternal auntie gave my mum her own jewellery and the jewellery of her deceased daughter to my mum 2 years prior to her own death. She requested my mum to pass this jewellery on to her granddaughter when she is of age. No will was written. Less than 2 months after my aunties death my uncle remarried and now wants all of the jewellery. Does he have any rights?

  201. Nadine – Your Question:

    My maternal auntie gave my mum her own jewellery and the jewellery of her deceased daughter to my mum 2 years prior to her own death. She requested my mum to pass this jewellery on to her granddaughter when she is of age. No will was written.Less than 2 months after my aunties death my uncle remarried and now wants all of the jewellery. Does he have any rights?


    Our Response:

    No if it was gifted to your mum 2 years before your aunt died it belongs to you mum.

  202. Hi, my father in law died April 2015, he left everything to my mother in law as no will, she hasn’t paid of any debts in full etc. She won’t make a will either, my husband is a only son, however she does have a brother that she hasn’t spoken too for 25years. My mother in laws Mam has also lived with her for years (the house was hers before) Will the estate when she passes be left to her son or the estranged brother?

  203. West – Your Question:

    Hi, my father in law died April 2015, he left everything to my mother in law as no will, she hasn’t paid of any debts in full etc. She won’t make a will either, my husband is a only son, however she does have a brother that she hasn’t spoken too for 25years. My mother in laws Mam has also lived with her for years (the house was hers before) Will the estate when she passes be left to her son or the estranged brother?


    Our Response:

    An estate usually goes to the children where there is no Will and no spouse.

  204. My father died recently, he was intestate & owned no property. I have today received correspondence from solicitors acting on behalf of my only sibling (a younger sister) which would seek evidence of Fathers estate at the time of his death. It is alleged that my father had an insurance policy in place to cover funeral expenses after his demise, this is incorrect & the only policy to mature upon fathers death was to provide for less than 50% of the total amount needed to meet funeral directors expenses, the balance of monies has been recovered from a modest sum released to myself by his banker upon the closure of fathers current account. It is further alleged that at the time of my fathers death he had more than one bank account, more specifically an ISA; this is factually also incorrect. Other than the aforementioned insurance policy & balance of cash from my fathers bank account (current), little else of value exists, with fathers effects & house content having been donated to a hospice charity subsequent to my sisters approval & her own removal of certain electrical goods. My fathers remains have yet to be interred, meaning additional costs will therefore be incurred at some point in the near future to facilitate financing the final burial procedure, I would therefore submit that any final closure of my fathers affairs & finances may necessitate a contribution from myself to supplement a projected shortfall of monies currently available from fathers estate. It is demanded by my sisters legal representatives that I respond within fourteen days & supply evidence of my late fathers bank account(s) for the six months prior to his death; of course as there was only one account it is not possible to meet the solicitors demands. I therefore seek your advice concerning this most urgent matter.

  205. bereaved – Your Question:

    My father died recently, he was intestate & owned no property. I have today received correspondence from solicitors acting on behalf of my only sibling (a younger sister) which would seek evidence of Fathers estate at the time of his death.It is alleged that my father had an insurance policy in place to cover funeral expenses after his demise, this is incorrect & the only policy to mature upon fathers death was to provide for less than 50% of the total amount needed to meet funeral directors expenses, the balance of monies has been recovered from a modest sum released to myself by his banker upon the closure of fathers current account.It is further alleged that at the time of my fathers death he had more than one bank account, more specifically an ISA; this is factually also incorrect.Other than the aforementioned insurance policy & balance of cash from my fathers bank account (current), little else of value exists, with fathers effects & house content having been donated to a hospice charity subsequent to my sisters approval & her own removal of certain electrical goods.My fathers remains have yet to be interred, meaning additional costs will therefore be incurred at some point in the near future to facilitate financing the final burial procedure, I would therefore submit that any final closure of my fathers affairs & finances may necessitate a contribution from myself to supplement a projected shortfall of monies currently available from fathers estate.It is demanded by my sisters legal representatives that I respond within fourteen days & supply evidence of my late fathers bank account(s) for the six months prior to his death; of course as there was only one account it is not possible to meet the solicitors demands. I therefore seek your advice concerning this most urgent matter.


    Our Response:

    Just provide them with the paperwork for everything you’ve described above, including receipts for the all expenses incurred so far.

  206. I have lived in my mums partners house for 30 plus years, unfortunately my mum’s partner died suddenly in April this year. The house was never signed over to my mum and neither of them had made a will. We all thought the house would automatically go to my mum as they have been together for 40 years living together in my mums house. They both paid for both houses out of a joint bank account. My mums partner has two children and my mum has two children. My mums partners daughter said she thought the house should be put in mum’s name and shared between us all but now she has decided to seek advice and wants the house in her name. Is there anything we can do legally?morally she should do the right thing, it is so worrying.

  207. My mother passed recently and left no will, my sister was a co-signer on her bank account (jointed) my mother told all of her siblings that she wanted any monies left to my disabled son towards his future as he was there almost every day with her. My younger sister has collected the insurance money and put it into her account now in her name, I read that the laws of intestancy say the money should go to the surviving spouse (deceased) my mothers funeral was already paid for – she also has possession of my mums gold rings chains etc, I have read that any remaining money’s go to the siblings – the insurance and her bank account, I have requested copies of both, but she is refusing, she says that this matter will be decieded in the future? It’s not her decision, but what can I do when she refuses us access to her policies and accounts and personal possessions?

  208. My grandmother remarried after losing her first husband. After losing her second husband she continued to live with her stepdaughter until she died. She did not leave a will. Her stepdaughter continued to live in my grandmother’s house after she died and I’ve since found out that her step daughter appears to have changed the house into her own name. Is this right? If not what should happen? My grandmother died over 10 years ago.

  209. hidip – Your Question:

    My mother passed recently and left no will, my sister was a co-signer on her bank account (jointed) my mother told all of her siblings that she wanted any monies left to my disabled son towards his future as he was there almost every day with her. My younger sister has collected the insurance money and put it into her account now in her name, I read that the laws of intestancy say the money should go to the surviving spouse (deceased) my mothers funeral was already paid for – she also has possession of my mums gold rings chains etc, I have read that any remaining money’s go to the siblings – the insurance and her bank account, I have requested copies of both, but she is refusing, she says that this matter will be decieded in the future? It’s not her decision, but what can I do when she refuses us access to her policies and accounts and personal possessions?


    Our Response:

    You will need to see a solicitor about this if your sister has not followed the correct procedure. Usually someone will be nominated to administer the estate. Everything will be valued and then probate will have to be applied for from your nearest Probate Registry Office.

  210. My father opened an account at Halifax for me when l turned 18/21yrs. In 2012 my father died , his family offered me nothing as his only child. My mam found the bank book my father gave her before separation when l was 1 year old. I went to the bank with ld today 14/11/2016 to be told that in 2014 a family member with his death certificate withdrew all cash saved .. l am devastated ..is there anything l can do . I’m now 22 yrs old.

  211. Js – Your Question:

    My grandmother remarried after losing her first husband. After losing her second husband she continued to live with her stepdaughter until she died. She did not leave a will. Her stepdaughter continued to live in my grandmother’s house after she died and I’ve since found out that her step daughter appears to have changed the house into her own name. Is this right? If not what should happen? My grandmother died over 10 years ago.


    Our Response:

    Perhaps the house was already in joint names? There’s not really enough information here to comment. Is there some reason why after 10 years you are looking into this?

  212. In 2006 my father passed away. He passed due from an injury at work. I was 12 when this happened im now 22. My grandma was my legal guardian at the time. I was told that my brother an i have an annuity from him passing not sure if it was from workmans comp or not But she will not tell me anything about it or let me even have access to it. For all i know she could be stealing it for herself. I would like to find out more information about this but i dont even know where to start can someone help ?

  213. Kay – Your Question:

    In 2006 my father passed away. He passed due from an injury at work. I was 12 when this happened im now 22. My grandma was my legal guardian at the time. I was told that my brother an I have an annuity from him passing not sure if it was from workmans comp or not But she will not tell me anything about it or let me even have access to it. For all I know she could be stealing it for herself. I would like to find out more information about this but I dont even know where to start can someone help ?


    Our Response:

    You may have to take a legal action find out more about this…a court order may be needed to gain access to your grandmother’s financial accounts/affairs etc

  214. My mother passed away with no will. There are four siblings. My sister is administrator she has got probate through. I havent been shown anything as to value of estate. She is now saying mother wanted her to have all monies in bank. What can i do? I have asked to seeestate acccounts but she as yet has shown anyone.

  215. tommy – Your Question:

    My mother passed away with no will. There are four siblings. My sister is administrator she has got probate through. I havent been shown anything as to value of estate. She is now saying mother wanted her to have all monies in bank. What can I do? I have asked to seeestate acccounts but she as yet has shown anyone.


    Our Response:

    If there was no Will the estate should be shared equally between all the children. Seek advice from a solicitor if this has not happened.

  216. My Grandad passed away in 2005 due to a heart attack. He didn’t sign his will and his wife Jenny got everything, including her daughter. My dad, my grandad’s biological son got absolutely nothing, not one penny. Is this how it normally goes? I only found this out last week and I was just wondering if this is normal legal protocol. Jenny had always disliked my father, so is this reason enough to completely disregard him? If this is legal, then our system needs fixed. Awful.

  217. kelseyb – Your Question:

    My Grandad passed away in 2005 due to a heart attack. He didn’t sign his will and his wife Jenny got everything, including her daughter. My dad, my grandad’s biological son got absolutely nothing, not one penny. Is this how it normally goes? I only found this out last week and I was just wondering if this is normal legal protocol. Jenny had always disliked my father, so is this reason enough to completely disregard him? If this is legal, then our system needs fixed. Awful.


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will the estate is divided as follows:
    If the estate is worth over £250000:
    The wife keeps all the assets (including property), up to £250,000, and all the personal possessions, whatever their value. The remainder of the estate will be shared as follows: the wife gets an absolute interest in half of the remainder and the other half is then divided equally between the surviving children.
    If the estate is worth less than £250000 then the wife will get the whole of the estate.

  218. I have just received a letter from an asset remuneration company telling me that my Aunt has passed away leaving no will. To claim my share of the proceeds I must sign a form allowing them 15% of the estate I have done this but have no idea what the value of her estate is, only that she has left a property in London which I imagine is worth quite a lot. Having spoken to the company this week they gave me an estimate of what I will receive, it is ridiculous and wouldn’t buy a shed in London, how do I find out what the estate is really worth and if the company are taking more than they should

  219. My mentally handicap sister died and left no will we had the same mother and father we have a stepsister who had the same mother but different father all parents have passed away is my stepsister entitled to any monies that is left by sister or does it all come to me seeing that I have got to pay for the funeral

  220. My uncle died, he left no will but a letter in 2010 , leaving my children 60’000 .The executor of his estate is someone who I do not know, but a relative as they share the same name.Do my children have the right to the money still?

  221. Annie16 – Your Question:

    My uncle died, he left no will but a letter in 2010 , leaving my children 60’000.The executor of his estate is someone who I do not know, but a relative as they share the same name.Do my children have the right to the money still?


    Our Response:

    Take the letter to a solicitor to see if it has any bearing on an existing Will or if the uncle died intestate, whether the letter means anything.

  222. My mom passed 3 yrs ago I have 4 living brothers I live in the house that was my parents were I cared for my mother for 25 yrs till the day she passed I drafted a paper on the computer an printed another form out stating the house belonged to me it was my mothers wishes all my siblings signed form an have me a copy of there id an I had papers notarized for legal purposes what is my next step in putting title of home in my name

  223. My mother passed away 8 years ago, they had a joint mortgage that the deposit was paid for with my mothers previous property, I continued to live with step father who after a year began a relationship with someone else, he then threw me out of the property, What rights do I have? -am I entitled to half? Regards

  224. My father had money in the bank from 1966 he took out 700.00 in 2005 he died in march 2010 the bank don’t show where the money has gone is it in unclaimed property in Ca i sent in for his money with death certificate and his ss and ID he had no will hope to get his money it should be thousands

  225. My father died years ago and his obituary included the name of his previous stepdaughter (he was divorced from her mother). He didn’t have a lot of money but worked for Sarasota times (owned by NY times) for many years. Shouldn’t my brother and I (his only biological children) be the ones who inherit his life insurance and retirement?

  226. Danna – Your Question:

    My father died years ago and his obituary included the name of his previous stepdaughter (he was divorced from her mother). He didn’t have a lot of money but worked for Sarasota times (owned by NY times) for many years. Shouldn’t my brother and I (his only biological children) be the ones who inherit his life insurance and retirement?


    Our Response:

    Do you mean his Will? Was his new wife still alive when he died?

  227. hi my past away 8th december 2016, she rented from a private landlord and lived with a unmarried partner. the tenancy was solely in my mums name. her unmarried partner and his daughter have taken all my mums documents out of the property banks, building society, premium bonds etc and also have the death certificate. now i do know what she had for the will have allow me have it, for im her next of kin. also he wont let me into the property, what are my legal rights of entering the flat. im going into probate but i dont know what he has taken and if its worth it, im not interested in the money side, but i would like entrance to my mums prosessions for some belong to my grandparents. any help or advise how to get into the property without breaking any laws please. have spoke to CAB but it was helpful thank you lillies

  228. My grandma passed away 12 years ago and she did not leave a will she lived with me my whole life and she passed away and I kept her ashes I’ve had them for 12 years now and now me and my aunt her daughter got into a fight and now she threatens me to take me to court for my grandmas ashes . So my question is can she her daughter take me to court her granddaughter for her ashes that I have had for 12 years now to court without a will ?

  229. My mum died recently and left £9,000 in a joint bank account(my younger brother) my older sister and I were told that this was left over from my fathers estate he passed 10 months previously and was to be used to pay for mums funeral expenses. My brother who is on this account says that the money is his and we have no claim to it even though he hasn’t earned a penny in the past 8 years and didn’t contribute to its value. What can we do

  230. Hi my mum died then my dad did few weeks later there are 5 children he left no will he owns propery and has savings but the house is full of personal possessions i dont speak to my family and there taking and selling all valuable items in house and im getting nothing i want items in the house is there anything i can do also my dad said months before if anything happened to him large amount of money is somewere in the house the family have access to the house taking everything and i believe they have got this money as ive been told with my mum not alive all assests possessions are split equily between his children can you help me

  231. Tina – Your Question:

    My boyfriend just diedhe never had no kids never marriedhe don’t own Nothinghe gave me permission after he should diehe wants me to have the money from his checking accounthe gets a SSI check every monthhe didn’t write a note saying that I could have the money from his account he only told methat he wanted me to have his money from his accountcan I get in trouble by taking it from his accountI shouldhe said he’d rather me have his money than the state


    Our Response:

    You should check this out with a solicitor if there was no formal Will written.

  232. My sister died a few years ago, no children and not married. She was 21 and still.lived with our parents. At the time she had a boyfriend of about 3years. Now for 7years ive been asking for some important things back from him that belong to my sister. He’s always refused until just before Christmas he said he would come and drop the the things off…hes got a new girlfriend and a baby on the way but he never came. Now it’s something me and my mum are desperate to get back. Is there anyway or help out there to guide us in the right direction. Thank you

  233. Ok so the father in law is buying us a house we are paying the payments on it and when he dies he said it’s ours, now he has 2 other kids how do we ensure that when he passes that they can’t take the house from us when we are the ones paying for it? Should he put it in his sins name or joint name? And if that’s done can they still get the house?

  234. Hi my grandfather died suddenly at the age of 52 in 1952, my late father always spoke of the appalling way his death and the way his estate assets where dealt with,, I’ve been researching my family’s history and found out that the day after my grandfathers death his nephew stole all of his steam engines, lorry’s and military vehicles I then found that said nephews father,grandads brother got awarded probate less in 2 and half months ,, he took what would be a fortune in today’s money never paid any of grandads many businesses bills and in turn all where put into liquidation by a corrupt accountants and a sheriff’s sale held,, Grandad was a very clever and wealthy man,, he owned many properties and many successful businesses,, how ever he never wrote anything down and didn’t have a will, I know the names of the probate court,who the probate was awarded to and the date and his son who stole all grandads vehicles, both deseased now but do have living children and grandchildren,, I just want to find out all the details of the scandel,, I don’t want to benefit from it financially,, is there any way of finding out more information, Many thanks

  235. Hens – Your Question:

    Ok so the father in law is buying us a house we are paying the payments on it and when he dies he said it’s ours, now he has 2 other kids how do we ensure that when he passes that they can’t take the house from us when we are the ones paying for it? Should he put it in his sins name or joint name? And if that’s done can they still get the house?


    Our Response:

    Yes if you’re making the payments on the house, make sure you have a written agreement and proof of the payments etc. It’s also worth asking your father in law to include details in his Will. He could also add his son’s name as a ”joint tenant’ on the property – that way the property will automatically go to his son if he dies.

  236. My sister died in a car accident a year ago. Patrick, jenice and I heard that money will be given because of the accident. $30,000 My mother is keeping it all as soon as she gets it. We are all over 18. She died at age 19. We don’t think this is fair. We would like to know what we can do.

  237. Hi, my brother died last year and did not leave a will. The estate is still being tied up. His son is a drug addict and we brothers and sister are not happy with him having everything . He did agree to us having power of attorney over him to help him wind everything up. We know he is not my brother’s blood son as his wife had an affair and he was the result, he is not adopted but his name is on birth certificate as my brother’s son. Can we stop him having everything ?

  238. hi my mom died a month ago my mom and dad are divorce for 31 years he promise her the house. but house was still on his name all of a sudden he gave the house to my stepbrother. I want to know can he do that what happens with my moms 50% because they were married in community of property. I need advise please

  239. My dad died last year and he never had a will there is me and my brother plus his wife what will happen to all his stuff will his wife get everything

  240. My dad owned a property, he died 10 years ago. He left no will. He was married to my mum but her name was not on the property as owner. My mum has recently died leaving a will saying my brother gets everything she had. But the will doesn’t say what she had. What does this mean? Is she referring to her share of the property? Can my brother inherit the property. Or will it be shared equally amongst us 5 siblings? Any advice desperately appreciated Merry

  241. I just got a call from police that my ex boyfriend has put me as next of kin as he did not talk to his family. He died and I don’t know how to get a hold of his family on the other side of the country… and I don’t know what I need to do now as to dealing with arrangements for the body ect? I haven’t seen him or talked to him in a very long time… help

  242. Hi. I’ve lived with my grandmother from 1984 from I was 5 years of age she is now poor health and being assessed by mental health team. She always said the house was mine if anything happened to her I don’t think there’s a will if she has to go into a care home. Wot rights to the house do I have. She also has a son and daughter and my dad is deceased.

  243. My father recently died, he was separated from his wife for a number of years and before he died he informed me that he has made a will in which he left most of his assets to me and his grandchildren. The day after he died his estranged wife borrowed the key to his house from a neighbour and changed the door locks denying me access to his property. She now say that the house and his assets belong to her because a will was never found. What do I do?

  244. I’m not sure what to do, our foster kids mother passed away and they want to make the arrangements for their mother but their step grandma said that they can’t.does she have any say since their biological grandfather has passed away years ago. If any one knows what they can do lawfully let me know.

  245. Aprilsutton2016 – Your Question:

    I’m not sure what to do, our foster kids mother passed away and they want to make the arrangements for their mother but their step grandma said that they can’t.does she have any say since their biological grandfather has passed away years ago. If any one knows what they can do lawfully let me know.


    Our Response:

    Do you mean arrangements regarding the funeral?

  246. my 102 year old nan died nearly a year ago and the will she made 30 years is lost by her son. She lived my mother (her daughter) for 22 years. Her daughter looked after her 24/7 and i the final 3 years of nans life it was harder. Nan passed away and her son couldn’t be bothered to search for a flight to be there for her last hours. He always said he wanted no money. There was no inheritance, so savings, she lived life to the full. The funeral was all arranged by the family (daughters family) and he just arrived on the day. On the day we said to him do you want any money from the insurance claim he said no. so we used some fo the funds to sort the spare room to make it sleepable and clean. 10 months later he has demandeda breakfdown of the funeral,which we gave him, then New Years he demanded half of what was left and we told him in a letter which a settlement cheque that there was no money and this was it..he is now demandig liek £200- 400.. he is skint and wanting money from where ever he can get it… we have said over and over there is no money…our family was so close to nan not like his… he wants to take his sister to court over it. he never help with his own mum…dilema

  247. My father walked out on my mother leaving behind me (1) and my brother (3) he was having an affair and went on to purchase a house with his girlfriend, they never married. This being 35 years ago and we have had little contact with him since. He went on to have two more children with her. They purchased a house together which I believe was transferred to her name solely 30 odd years ago to avoid paying CSA to my mum. The question is, he died on new years day and I am wondering if my brother and I are entitled to any of his estate now or when she dies? I know their children would not want me or my brother to have any share of it and with it being in her name solely does this mean we wouldn’t have any rights at all?

  248. SJ – Your Question:

    My 102 year old nan died nearly a year ago and the will she made 30 years is lost by her son. She lived my mother (her daughter) for 22 years. Her daughter looked after her 24/7 and I the final 3 years of nans life it was harder. Nan passed away and her son couldn’t be bothered to search for a flight to be there for her last hours. He always said he wanted no money. There was no inheritance, so savings, she lived life to the full. The funeral was all arranged by the family (daughters family) and he just arrived on the day. On the day we said to him do you want any money from the insurance claim he said no. so we used some fo the funds to sort the spare room to make it sleepable and clean. 10 months later he has demandeda breakfdown of the funeral,which we gave him, then New Years he demanded half of what was left and we told him in a letter which a settlement cheque that there was no money and this was it.he is now demandig liek £200- 400. he is skint and wanting money from where ever he can get it. we have said over and over there is no money.our family was so close to nan not like his. he wants to take his sister to court over it. he never help with his own mum.dilema


    Our Response:

    It’s worth consulting a solicitor over this. If there was no Will the estate often has to go through the probate process if it’s large enough. General inheritance rules are that the estate is divided equally between the children if there is no spouse.

  249. 4 weeks ago the police called at my home to notify me they’d found my ‘ StepFathers’ body in his home apparently he’d been there for awhile and was decomposed.As they had no one else the founder police officer asked if I would be named as Next of Kin I agreed because of my mum I also informed them of a blood brother that might be alive.The Coroner was called, he decided an autopsy was needed to find cause of death etc .. his report found that natural causes were the reason.during this time a brother was indeed found but he wanted nothing to do with his dead brother at all.the coroner listed me on his report as next of kin.I don’t know why I was asked as so far I’ve had no involvement the police office in charge refuses to release property siezed to me even though the coroner has agreed ive not been allowed to enter his bungalow even though landlord has been there looking for documents I just don’t know what’s going on

  250. Hello, I have a situation where a Will leaves a 1/3 share of the ‘residual estate’ to a party in a Trust (the other 2/3 shares left to others in the Trust) and the person who wrote the will dies in 1974. According to the Will, Another person is allowed to live in the House for the remainder of their lifetime thereupon it will be returned to the Trust. That person died in 1989 but no one seems to have checked the original will and there appears to have been no probate. The house has been sold and the Trust was never credited with the proceeds or informed of the sale. Given the number of years past, and the fact that whoever sold the house is now also deceased, is there likely to be any remedy? The people named as the trustees of the Trust set up in the Will (from the deceased in 1974) are still alive. Thank you for your opinion

  251. Hi recently my brother has died, my mum has always been his next of kin, he also has two daughters 27 & 25. Can you tell me by law who is his next of kin

  252. My father recently died my stepmother told me that he’s not left a will even though previously a few years ago she had told me that he had and she had him change it to include her children. I’m stuck for what I can do from here. Does have any advice

  253. This is about my family my mom gave it to me she had now will saying that but the family now’s what she wanted after she past away but there 9 sibling including myself they have to sign papers so I could sell it or can I sell it with out the signature or will I get in trouble for selling it it’s my house

  254. this is a strange situation my father married my mom when she left her first husband and she had 5 children. My mom and dad married then had 2 girls my older sister and myself so im the youngest. now there are 7 altogether.so 5 are half related siblings ( because we have the same mother) and my sister and i have the same mom and dad. now growing up my dad and mom supported all of us because my half sisters father was a dead beat dad however they their dad had the money but my mom never went after him. my first question would be even though my mom passed can I go after the sisters for back support because they of course received money when the estate was sold and my sister promised me money since i listed the property and lost money because i had it on the market for 2 years they would not listen to me when i gave them the property value even before she payed a guy toappraise itbecause you know what do i know im the youngest so she makes him put the value at close to 1 milliion it was a joke. i got a all cashh offer for 750,000 and the 2 girls who are so unreaspnale and of course no evrything said that wasnt enough because they said you know there are 6 `people that we are going to recieve a portion. Who cares about your greed no onw wants to pay you more becuase there are so many involved. This is just 1 thing they did to me and i could of made 30,000 property stayed on the market the lsgt offer i got was 400,000 they said no. while later another agent listed it it stayed om market 2 uears they got 350,000 joke on them. My sister said she would give me 3,000 when she got the money but of course nothing. now i told my mother to please go after the estate for back support and she just couldnt do it she felt guilty even though they struggled thru out the marriage with money and so did me and my older whole sister but the 2 half ones get money from tier fathers estate and then when my mother had a stroke they went behind my back had her sign documents in the hospital 3 days after her stroke when she couldnt even see. top this all off i was going to take care of my father until i could make the best possible arrangement for him now what can i do about these girls who are devils in descise and get my things they tok that are mine because he is my father and get control over the health for him you dont even know what they put him thru

  255. My fiancee of 17 years died last week in prison of an illegal drug. I was listed as his contact person and we have 2 kids. Why did his family get him cremated. They would have never know about his death had I not told them

  256. My grandad passed away 10 yrs ago and my nan recently. Grandad had other children from a previous marriage and is technically my step grandad as not my dads real dad. Are his children from previous marriage entitled to anything or would it be just my dad? We can’t find a will.

  257. Anon – Your Question:

    My grandad passed away 10 yrs ago and my nan recently. Grandad had other children from a previous marriage and is technically my step grandad as not my dads real dad. Are his children from previous marriage entitled to anything or would it be just my dad? We can’t find a will.


    Our Response:

    No if there is no Will and assuming everything was inherited by your nan, then your dad and any other of your nan’s offspring will inherit her estate.

  258. ok my gran died a few years ago and my mom stays in the house we maintain it as her other 4 siblings have their own houses but somehow the eldest keeps fighting and making issues about the house and i dont know what to do as my granny did not have a will and the house is still on her name

  259. Hi recently my brother has died, my mum has always been his next of kin, he also has two daughters 27 & 25. Can you tell me by law who is his next of kin

  260. My mother was with her partner 10 years living together 8 years her partner died and his family took him back home to be laid to rest never wanted to know him for the 23 years he was living here is my mother entitled to anything or will they get everything and he had no will..

  261. gina – Your Question:

    Hi recently my brother has died, my mum has always been his next of kin, he also has two daughters 27 & 25. Can you tell me by law who is his next of kin


    Our Response:

    There is no real legal definition of “next of kin” in the UK. It’s usually the closest blood relative or spouse. So you would usually name a spouse if you were married, a parent if you were a child and a sibling if you had no grown up children/surviving parents etc. Your brother would probably name his grown up children as next of kin in the absence of his mother.

  262. I have a friend his dad died. He has a sister. Before the dad died. The daughter got all paperwork. And was getting into estate before death. There is no will. Now she has gotten the insurance. Not splitting it with sibling. And they want him to sign his name. On documents to sell house. The sister has gotten into bank. The brother has no money. What can he do and how can he get a lawyer. Please tell me there is something we can do thank you

  263. Hello can somebody help I lost my dad 13 years ago he was all I had in terms of family he was very well off had a company and we was very well of as I grew up no body wanted to talk about the money he left my family on his side gave all his things to charity and every one but me when I ask they don’t talk to me and when I say any thing I get pushed away

  264. My son has recently passed away, he was single and lived with us had no children and no will. From what I have read, I understand that my wife and I will inherent his assets but do we need to inform anyone legally?

  265. In the past 18 months I have lost both of my parents and my brother, there was only two of us, do I get the estate. ?

  266. di – Your Question:

    In the past 18 months I have lost both of my parents and my brother, there was only two of us, do I get the estate. ?


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will the estate passes to the offspring (if neither spouse is still alive).

  267. My father passed away 4 days ago leaving a will with half if his property in my name. My mother owns other half. My dad seperated 5 yrars ago. The property is in tenanants in common on the land register. What should i do now. Should i see a solicitor. The funeral has not taken place yet. It might be a few weeks yet. Can the funneral bd paid directly from the will in my name. Paid from my share of the property (will which names me).

  268. His there my mum has passed away just last week my dad died 30 years ago. She didn’t leave a will. My sister has lived away for years and rarely saw mam,I have been her full time carer and though my sister verbally said she didn’t want any thing I think that’s changed and I would want her to have something but not half.is there any thing I can do

  269. my dad passed away a few years ago and all of his estate went to his then partner (they were not married), at the time I was only young so never really looked into it. Recently I discovered that my dad left no signed will at the time of his passing, should his then partner (of which he was with for about 10 months) been able to claim the estate and not share it out?

  270. My partner of 2 years has just passed away and had 2 children 18 and 20 who is the next of kin, me as I was engaged to marry him or his blood line children.

  271. My dad died last july an didnt have a will my brother who i trusted at the time took charge of everything .my dads funeral was paid for before his death so what ever was left over i thought would get shared three ways between me an my two brothers we didnt go to probate as we trusted him an now he hasnt shared our inheritance equally we only got a small amout of what was there an he kept the rest.an wont let us see an bank statments or bills that he said hes paid out of dads money .is there anything we can do to get him to hand over what is rightfully ours .

  272. I have two sisters and mom my dad died two years ago no will me and my wife moved in she gave me my dads body shop a 1984 bmw his shop tool box and other Stuff then my mom blames me for stealing and i didnt steal nothing she took all my stuff back and kicked me and my wife out and then my younger sister and her husband took over all my stuff that was my father’s that my mom gave me in front of my wife i want what she gave me and what its worth my family has screwed me over time and time again im the only son and worked for my father for many years without pay i figure my money for working for my father went to the shop and house and land i hope i have a case i just want what is given too me my sister’s got thier stuff but not me im in need of a lawer????

  273. Figirl – Your Question:

    My partner of 2 years has just passed away and had 2 children 18 and 20 who is the next of kin, me as I was engaged to marry him or his blood line children.


    Our Response:

    His children will probably be considered next of kin especially if you were not married.

  274. Leonie – Your Question:

    My dad died last july an didnt have a will my brother who I trusted at the time took charge of everything.my dads funeral was paid for before his death so what ever was left over I thought would get shared three ways between me an my two brothers we didnt go to probate as we trusted him an now he hasnt shared our inheritance equally we only got a small amout of what was there an he kept the rest.an wont let us see an bank statments or bills that he said hes paid out of dads money.is there anything we can do to get him to hand over what is rightfully ours.


    Our Response:

    You should see a professional legal adviser about this.

  275. If my brother died without leaving a will and his house is in trust but I’ve been living with him for seven years and I signed papers to be his beneficiary do I get the house Eventhough he died interstate ?

  276. My wife is dealing with her bereaved mother’s estate (approx £24K). She has a younger brother who has stated he does not want any of the proceeds of the estate, What arrangements does my wife need to make to legitimise his requirement.

  277. Hi my daughters husband just passed away there .he was only 38 …and there was no will. Now family members are asking her for the jewellery back that they bought him….Is she entilted to give this jewellery back?

  278. My Grandfather died and he had 1 blood daughter and 2 stepdaughter. My mother died (blood relative daughter) when I was a minor child at the time and the stepdaughters fraud some paper work and stole my property the property from me. How can I get help with this matter?

  279. My mam has passed away and my step dad, which had left my mam and had been having an affair, but they are still married he is next of kin and they have a mortgage both there names on the mortgage what are my rights with this if any I would like to no if me and my 3 sisters have any rights to anything as he is putting it up for sale ? .

  280. Jlaura – Your Question:

    My mam has passed away and my step dad, which had left my mam and had been having an affair, but they are still married he is next of kin and they have a mortgage both there names on the mortgage what are my rights with this if any I would like to no if me and my 3 sisters have any rights to anything as he is putting it up for sale ?


    Our Response:

    You should try and check this with a solicitor, if you are now adult (i.e not dependent) and your mother and step father were still officially married it may be that most of the estate goes to him as the spouse.

  281. Hi my mom died in 2009, I moved out of family home when I started my own family and my youngest brother also moved out years ago, my middle brother never moved out he worked away all week and only stayed at weekends. A couple of years before mom died she signed the house over to middle brother as she was told it would avoid inheritance tax when she died. We were always told the house would be split between the 3 of us but she never left a will, my middle brother has always spoke of getting our names on the deeds but never got round to it, now he has a new girlfriend who lives with him and doesn’t want to sell the house as was always intended, do I have any right to it as its in his name

  282. Eldest.child – Your Question:

    Hi my mom died in 2009, I moved out of family home when I started my own family and my youngest brother also moved out years ago, my middle brother never moved out he worked away all week and only stayed at weekends. A couple of years before mom died she signed the house over to middle brother as she was told it would avoid inheritance tax when she died. We were always told the house would be split between the 3 of us but she never left a will, my middle brother has always spoke of getting our names on the deeds but never got round to it, now he has a new girlfriend who lives with him and doesn’t want to sell the house as was always intended, do I have any right to it as its in his name


    Our Response:

    You should seek professional legal advice on this. Ordinarily a parents’ property would be split equally between the children but as the house was effectively already owned by one of them, that may not be included in the estate.

  283. hi my father who died 5 years ago had already signed his house over to my brother (who is an alcoholic) around 8 years ago because he didn’t have a house of his own as he has never worked and couldn’t afford one. He would often say he didn’t want the house or money from it and would share it between him, my two sisters and me. my brother lived away and was never around unless he wanted money. When my father died he decided to come back home to look after my mum who has dementia. My mum now has to live in a home because of ill health and my brother could not manage her (mainly because of being under the influence of alcohol). He has now sold the house and all her furniture and moved back away and has gone back on his word and as they say took the money and ran. Is there anyway we can contest this?

  284. My dad passed away 8 years ago there was no will my brother said the house was mine he got everything else I’ve been living there since father passed away. We have not went through probate but now my brother while I was out of town broke into the house and is throwing all my things away and moving his son in. I have paid all the land taxes and everything else for 8 years can he do this?

  285. my dad died over 30 yrs ago. He left no will so my mum who he was married got the house. About 10 yrs ago my brothers girlfriend threw my mum out and she came to live with me.Another brother put her in sheltered accommodation about 5yrs ago and has control of her finances. meanwhile my other brother who threw her out has put the house in his name and refuses to let my mum sell the house. there are 8 siblings altogether can he just claim the house? he has secured business debts on the house, What can my mum do? She wants the house sold to pay for her to go into a home and give the other siblings some money.

  286. sad girl – Your Question:

    My dad died over 30 yrs ago. He left no will so my mum who he was married got the house. About 10 yrs ago my brothers girlfriend threw my mum out and she came to live with me.Another brother put her in sheltered accommodation about 5yrs ago and has control of her finances. meanwhile my other brother who threw her out has put the house in his name and refuses to let my mum sell the house. there are 8 siblings altogether can he just claim the house? he has secured business debts on the house, What can my mum do? She wants the house sold to pay for her to go into a home and give the other siblings some money.


    Our Response:

    This sounds like fraudulent activity on your brother’s part unless he legitimately “bought” the house from your mother. Your mother will be asked questions about her finances to pay for a care home. Check with the land registry – they will have details about changes on the title deeds (your mothe will have had to sign etc). Seek legal advice to pursue it via the courts if you feel something has been done dishonestly.

  287. My son passed last February 17th, 2016, his ex wife was driving on a suspended license she rolled the vehicle, my son passed he was in the front passenger seat, and her oldest son passed from another father in the back. My son just came in contact with his father 6: month’s before this accident. After the accident the coroner’s office gave me my son’s personal belongings, I found his father’s number and we set a day and time to meet at the mortuary that I picked, to sign cremation paper’s, my son wanted to be cremated. He got in to San Bernardino to late, so he said that he would spend the night in town, and in the morning her would meet with me. I did not know that he stayed with my son’s exwife, the next morning he did not show up and would not answer my calls or text. I Called for the release date from the coroner’s office, and I was told that my son was already released, and they could not tell me anything else. My son’s dad after making arrangements with me our son’s mother went to court with our son’s exwife, and got a Judgement to take my son form coroner’s behind my back, the judge assumed that they were mother and father. When I became aware of this wonderful news, I filed and went to court when the judge realized that he had ruled incorrectly, he still refused to change his ruling. I have taken this to the higher Court in Riverside CA, the judge and father did nit respond. I’ve been waiting since last February for a decision. I used all of my bereavement time from work in and out of court, I haven’t been able to morn the loss of my son. I never got to see my son after the accident, his grandmother, and aunts, niece’s and nephews, friend, the entire Family never got to see him. I am devastated. Who can help me, what can I do. His father and his exwife Penalty upon perjury on the court, the judge didn’t confirm that who was in front of him was mother and father, because if they were, why on earth would they go to court for a Judgement, all they would have to do is go to the coroner’s office. Please, please help me and my family make this right, and have those that need to be punished, be punished. Thank you for your time. Patricia Mares 909.648.8977

  288. hi my mother passed away a couple of week ago a year after my farther leaving me and my younger brother there is no will but the house was morgage free i want my brother to have the house we have found the deeds but as there are no funds for the funeral dont know what to do as because there is a house will it have to be sold

  289. My father died unexpectedly last year leaving no will to his house my sister who I haven’t spoke to in 10years notified me by text message she then organised his funeral in which I had no say in also kept his ashes.sincethen I was told I wasn’t allowed in his house because of probate when I finally was allowed to go in I noticed a lot of his things had been removed she then said I should clear the house as she couldn’t face it which I knew was a lie because of the missing items after I had cleared it out she then said she wanted the key back and was organising estate agents to value and put up for sale she didn’t tell me a thing about where or who was the estate agent months later she let me know by text again that she had a offer and she’s accepting it and would let me know ever since my father passed away she hasn’t let me no know anything well now she’s saying it is saying his house is unregistereid with land registry as when he bought his home it wasn’t compulsory so it’s going to take longer where do I legally stand with all this I know she’s lying even down to his funeral he had life insurance and had done for years but his funeral was just cheap he had pension and he a a healthy bank account I haven’t seen any of this I’m just going round in circles and it’s even harder knowing she’s a bare faced liar please can anyone advice what I should do next

  290. My only sibling, a sister and my mother both passed some years ago. My dad died recently. He died intestate. My sister had 2 children, I have 5. Who inherits his estate (less than £250k) and who is the administrator/executor in these circumstances? Thank you.

  291. My sister passed away last week not leaving a will .she has 2 boys from a first marriage. Her husband is closing all the accounts with her name on them including the house. They have no mortgage on the house and a large amount of investments pensions ect . He is off to Australia in 2 week’s and we don’t know if he is planning on coming back to the UK. What if anything can I do for my nephews.

  292. trish – Your Question:

    My only sibling, a sister and my mother both passed some years ago. My dad died recently. He died intestate. My sister had 2 children, I have 5. Who inherits his estate (less than £250k) and who is the administrator/executor in these circumstances? Thank you.


    Our Response:

    The estate is shared equally between any children or their descendents. So as your sister has already died, her children will receive her share. You can choose who you want to administer the estate. A solicitor will be able to advise you on this.

  293. Willow – Your Question:

    My sister passed away last week not leaving a will.she has 2 boys from a first marriage. Her husband is closing all the accounts with her name on them including the house. They have no mortgage on the house and a large amount of investments pensions ect. He is off to Australia in 2 week’s and we don’t know if he is planning on coming back to the UK. What if anything can I do for my nephews.


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will and the property and assets are valued at more than £250,000, the rules of inheritance state that her husband will keep all the assets (including property), up to the value of £250,000, and all the personal possessions, whatever their value. The remainder of the estate will be shared as follows: the husband, wife or civil partner gets an absolute interest in half of the remainder the other half is then divided equally between the surviving children. You may need to seek legal advice if you feel the husband has not gone through the probate procedure etc.

  294. My dad has passed away last year without a will. He divorced my mom long time ago and was living with his friend (not married). He owned a property with his friend but only his friends name is on the title register of land register. His friend told us that he found an unsigned letter saying he left everything to himself. We are three brothers and my other brother was in charge of everything but as I live far from them they don’t give me sufficient information. I am really strangling with the finance and was hoping some help from my dad. Is there any route I should go? Thanks

  295. My dad died and left no will. All I was told that my dad had nothing in bank and the flat he owned the half share was left to his unmarried partner who holds the other half share. I wasn’t shown any bank statements or bills or receipts regarding spending or my dads belongings. How can I know if my brother is really honest to me so he didn’t steal anything?

  296. AlanJ – Your Question:

    My dad has passed away last year without a will. He divorced my mom long time ago and was living with his friend (not married). He owned a property with his friend but only his friends name is on the title register of land register. His friend told us that he found an unsigned letter saying he left everything to himself. We are three brothers and my other brother was in charge of everything but as I live far from them they don’t give me sufficient information. I am really strangling with the finance and was hoping some help from my dad. Is there any route I should go? Thanks


    Our Response:

    If the property was in his friend’s name your father wouldn’t be in position to leave that to anyone as it didn’t officially belong to him. If he left a Will that was recognised by the legal system, then his other possessions/money will go to those named in the Will. If there was no Will, any other possessions/money belonging to him would automatically go to a spouse/civil partner, if there is no spouse or civil partner they go to the children.

  297. My mum died in 1997 and I’ve recently found out my sister and possibly our brother claimed our mum’s life insurance and kept it for them selves. There was no will and no probate. Our mothers insurance should have been shared between 3 siblings and our late brothers two daughters. Is it possible to get my fare share?

  298. Janet – Your Question:

    My mum died in 1997 and I’ve recently found out my sister and possibly our brother claimed our mum’s life insurance and kept it for them selves. There was no will and no probate. Our mothers insurance should have been shared between 3 siblings and our late brothers two daughters. Is it possible to get my fare share?


    Our Response:

    The person who was named as beneficiary on the life insurance policy If it was written in trust) would have been able to claim at the time.You should seek professional legal advice to try and resolve this if you think the value of the life insurance policy was significant.

  299. My was married before and have one child ,and his wife was passed away and get married again then also the wife was passed away now he passed away and he was stayed with other wife married customary married and left the son with me I’m the sister so my point is it is possible to bury my brother at my place of birth next to his parents also the son has right to claim that his father must be buried at his place of birth not in the third wife’s place pls help

  300. My mum is terminally ill but is still about to marry her partner of 3 years she owns her own property she has 3 children of her own. When she dies will her property go to the new husband even though they will only have been married less than six months and my mum has owned the house for 9 years ?

  301. Mike – Your Question:

    My mum is terminally ill but is still about to marry her partner of 3 years she owns her own property she has 3 children of her own. When she dies will her property go to the new husband even though they will only have been married less than six months and my mum has owned the house for 9 years ?


    Our Response:

    Yes the normal inheritance rules state that the spouse keeps all the assets (including property), up to £250,000, and all the personal possessions, whatever their value. The remainder of the estate will be shared as follows: the husband, wife or civil partner gets an absolute interest in half of the remainder and the other half is then divided equally between the surviving children. As you are not the children of your mother’s new partner obviously this will not relate to you. You mother might want to think about writing a Will if she wants to protect any of what you consider to be your inheritance.

  302. Hi my gran has late stage dementia and didn’t write her will out. She has and only child and a joint bank account with my mother but my grans sisters are after everything. I was wondering what to do? She has a rent house and my grandad died years ago will it all go to my mam?

  303. Hi My Dad has recently died without leaving a will. He has a surviving wife. The family home is in my Dad’s name only. I have read that the value of the house, all its contents and the car will automatically go to my mum, and the value of those items will be exempt from inheritance tax. Please would you tell me whether this is correct. Thank you

  304. Vicky cook – Your Question:

    Hi my gran has late stage dementia and didn’t write her will out. She has and only child and a joint bank account with my mother but my grans sisters are after everything. I was wondering what to do? She has a rent house and my grandad died years ago will it all go to my mam?


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will the natural rules of inheritancy say that the estate is sharing equally between the children of the deceased (or their children if they have already died).

  305. lilacshoes – Your Question:

    Hi My Dad has recently died without leaving a will. He has a surviving wife. The family home is in my Dad’s name only. I have read that the value of the house, all its contents and the car will automatically go to my mum, and the value of those items will be exempt from inheritance tax. Please would you tell me whether this is correct.Thank you


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will and the estate is worth more than £250,000 – the property and possessions are split as follows:
    His wife keeps all the assets (including property), up to £250,000, and all the personal possessions, whatever their value.
    The remainder of the estate will be shared as follows:
    His wife has an absolute interest in half of the remainder
    The other half is then divided equally between his surviving children
    The current IHT threshold is £325,000

  306. My Uncle sadly passed away without leaving a will. Does this mean his estate will be split equally between his 4 surviving siblings and as his 5th sibling has also died, will that share be given to the two children of his 5th sibling. Meaning the surviving siblings will receive a 5th share and the two children of the 5th sibling will receive a 10th each. Many thanks

  307. Marie – Your Question:

    My Uncle sadly passed away without leaving a will. Does this mean his estate will be split equally between his 4 surviving siblings and as his 5th sibling has also died, will that share be given to the two children of his 5th sibling. Meaning the surviving siblings will receive a 5th share and the two children of the 5th sibling will receive a 10th each.Many thanks


    Our Response:

    Was there a spouse or any surviving children?

  308. What if the only next of kin murdered his family members . Would the murderer’s family (say children) get the inheritance

  309. My dad died in January, I found out that he had another family and me and my sister had two more younger sisters, I’m The eldest of all. He lived with the mother but was not married to her they shared a mortgage and has said that he died leaving no money, but I don’t believe her do I have any rights as his oldest daughter.

  310. Bil22876 – Your Question:

    What if the only next of kin murdered his family members. Would the murderer’s family (say children) get the inheritance


    Our Response:

    The normal rules of inheritance would follow regardless of who the murderer was (the murderer would not inherit though).

  311. hi, my mum passed away recently and left no will. Her husband died 5 years ago without a will. My mum carried on living in the house with my half brother and she was paying the mortgage until she passed. she wanted me and my half brother to have the house. Now my stepdad had 4 kids in total including my half brother. We have just found out the land is still in my stepdads name. We have been told because of this 50% of the house will be split between me and my brother and the other half would be split between my half brother and his 3 siblings. this is against my stepdas wishes and my late mothers. Thanks in advance

  312. Hi , My Sisters husband died (Brother in law) of 46 years recently . They have 2 houses (in joint name) and several bank/accounts in Both My sisters name ,Brother In laws name and Joint name . All , We presumed (he had no will), would be left to my sister as they have no Children/Grand children & his parents not alive . Then my sister died just over 2 weeks later then her husbands death, so all assets were the same as they were before both of them died( IE no account name changes etc). They both had no will , My sister is survived by myself and my brother . Her husband ( My brother in law is survived by one brother ) I have been told that all the estate would be left to myself and my brother , but know I have heard the my brother in law’s(sisters husband) brother can claim anything in the sole name of my Brother in law only (Anything in joint name and in my sisters name is still passed on to Brother and myself) Can you please clarify the above and I hope it makes sense , Thanking you in advance, J

  313. My father died 8yrs ago, leaving no will. He was divorced from my mother and went on to have a child with. He had 3children in his marriage with my mother. When he died, my half sister signed everything at the hospital and my brother and I were told by hops, that our half sister put herself down as next of kin. We are all a lot older than her and did not get a voice. We don’t know if he had any money, or who closed his account at bank where his old age pension was paid. We were given none of his belongings etc. And his ashes were scattered without us being informed. Even after 8years this still sits badly with us.!!! Is it to late for us to find out what happened,

  314. Hi,my fathers 2nd wife died in 2010, as far as we knew she left no will, my father has died exactly a year and 2 days after her, he again left no will. we have now found that the home they lived in was solely owned by her, and is in her married name. I have searched the wills and probate site and there is nothing there in her name, would the property go to my father the whole estate is under £250,000. is there a time limit to how long a will is valid for after death, my father continued to live in the property until he died. I know his wife had 2 adopted children with her first husband, and my father has myself and a sister with his previous wife, we are not adopted. He did not adopt the wifes children, who gets what, this is so confusing, I cleared the house and there was no wills there for either of them, this is so confusing, help would be good please.

  315. Dolly – Your Question:

    My father died 8yrs ago, leaving no will. He was divorced from my mother and went on to have a child with. He had 3children in his marriage with my mother. When he died, my half sister signed everything at the hospital and my brother and I were told by hops, that our half sister put herself down as next of kin. We are all a lot older than her and did not get a voice. We don’t know if he had any money, or who closed his account at bank where his old age pension was paid. We were given none of his belongings etc. And his ashes were scattered without us being informed. Even after 8years this still sits badly with us.!!! Is it to late for us to find out what happened,


    Our Response:

    Sorry did he go on to marry and have further children after his divorce…did he remarry. It’s not at all clear from your comment.

  316. confused. – Your Question:

    Hi,my fathers 2nd wife died in 2010, as far as we knew she left no will, my father has died exactly a year and 2 days after her, he again left no will. we have now found that the home they lived in was solely owned by her, and is in her married name. I have searched the wills and probate site and there is nothing there in her name, would the property go to my father the whole estate is under £250,000. is there a time limit to how long a will is valid for after death, my father continued to live in the property until he died. I know his wife had 2 adopted children with her first husband, and my father has myself and a sister with his previous wife, we are not adopted. He did not adopt the wifes children, who gets what, this is so confusing, I cleared the house and there was no wills there for either of them, this is so confusing, help would be good please.


    Our Response:

    If an estate valued at less than £250,000 and there is no Will, the entire estate passes to the spouse. This means that your father would have inherited his wife’s estate at the time of her death and you as his offspring will inherit now he has died. You should check with a solicitor to make sure that no Will is still in the process of adminstration etc.

  317. My mother died and then my stepdad died but all the 100 grand that was left my sibling decided to keep to herself and not share. She said a will was left saying she was to get it all but not will was ever seen by anyone. She said she didn’t have to share can I do anything about this.

  318. Kazaid – Your Question:

    My mother died and then my stepdad died but all the 100 grand that was left my sibling decided to keep to herself and not share. She said a will was left saying she was to get it all but not will was ever seen by anyone. She said she didn’t have to share can I do anything about this.


    Our Response:

    You can find the Will online by searching here

  319. My mum passed suddenly on the 8th Sept (3 weeks ago)she has told all us five children thee was a will but my stepdad insists there is not,her life insurance covered the funeral costs with money left over which should of gone to us,at the time of death they didn’t live together but my stepdad is now in her house using money from her purse to fund his living style,how can we find out if there was a will and make sure that we can get something to remember her by?the money is irrelevant to us we would just like a thing or two of her things for memories

  320. joholly7 – Your Question:

    My mum passed suddenly on the 8th Sept (3 weeks ago)she has told all us five children thee was a will but my stepdad insists there is not,her life insurance covered the funeral costs with money left over which should of gone to us,at the time of death they didn’t live together but my stepdad is now in her house using money from her purse to fund his living style,how can we find out if there was a will and make sure that we can get something to remember her by?the money is irrelevant to us we would just like a thing or two of her things for memories


    Our Response:

    You could try local solicitors or banks to see whether a Will is registered there. Are there any other relatives or friends who might have witnessed the Will?

  321. Question: if my partner dies (we have lived together for 3.5yrs) do his grown up children from his first marriage have a claim on my house? The house is in my sole name and would be mortgage free (as covered by insurance). He has paid for new kitchen and bathroom. Are they entitled to half of all we have, including the house? Thank you

  322. Debs13 – Your Question:

    Question: if my partner dies (we have lived together for 3.5yrs) do his grown up children from his first marriage have a claim on my house? The house is in my sole name and would be mortgage free (as covered by insurance). He has paid for new kitchen and bathroom. Are they entitled to half of all we have, including the house? Thank you


    Our Response:

    If you’re not married and his name is not on the title deeds, your partner will not automatically inherit any of the estate. You should write a Will to ensure you wishes are fulfilled.

  323. Our Dad sadly passed away in September. He left no will but was always clear how he wanted his estate divided. This was never in writing. There’s 4 of us children. He wanted all 4 to have an equal share. All 4 of us agree. I’m the eldest & next of kin. My 3 siblings have agreed for me to deal with Dad’s estate as he wished. I have never had to deal with this. What’s my first course of action please. Our Mum passed a few years back & the estate is less than the inheritance tax level. Thank you in advance.

  324. Hi, my dad was sadly murdered 3 years ago, and unfortunately there was no will of what I know. He was paying a mortgage off and I continued to pay this after his death. Some months may of been behind but I caught up. And havnt missed a payment since. The only thing is I pay it in to my sisters bank to pay as she is nok and delt with most affairs. She is now telling me I have to sell, as she wants her shares of the money. But she hasn’t paid anything towards the mortgage, insurance or any work I have done in the house. Where do I tandem?

  325. Jules – Your Question:

    Our Dad sadly passed away in September. He left no will but was always clear how he wanted his estate divided. This was never in writing. There’s 4 of us children. He wanted all 4 to have an equal share. All 4 of us agree. I’m the eldest & next of kin. My 3 siblings have agreed for me to deal with Dad’s estate as he wished. I have never had to deal with this. What’s my first course of action please. Our Mum passed a few years back & the estate is less than the inheritance tax level. Thank you in advance.


    Our Response:

    As there is no Will you will have to go probate. First you need to apply to the court for a grant of representation. Your can do this yourself or ask a solicitor to help. Once you’ve completed the probate application form (you can find it here here , you then have to set about establishing the value of the assets, such as money from the sale of the house, in bank accounts, insurance policies, savings accounts etc. You then need to pay any debts (outstanding bills etc). Once you’ve done that you can divide and distribute the estate equally between you and your siblings.

  326. Hi , My Sisters husband died (Brother in law) of 46 years recently. They have 2 houses (in joint name) and several bank/accounts in Both My sisters name ,Brother In laws name and Joint name. All , We presumed (he had no will),would be left to my sister as they have no Children/Grand children & his parents not alive. Then my sister died just over 2 weeks later then her husbands death,so all assets were the same as they were before both of them died( IE no account name changes etc). They both had no will, My sister is survived by myself and my brother. Her husband ( My brother in law is survived by one brother ) I have been told that all the estate would be left to myself and my brother , but know I have heard the my brother in law’s(sisters husband) brother can claim anything in the sole name of my Brother in law only (Anything in joint name and in my sisters name is still passed on to Brother and myself) Can you please clarify the above and I hope it makes sense.

  327. Kezza – Your Question:

    Hi, my dad was sadly murdered 3 years ago, and unfortunately there was no will of what I know. He was paying a mortgage off and I continued to pay this after his death. Some months may of been behind but I caught up. And havnt missed a payment since. The only thing is I pay it in to my sisters bank to pay as she is nok and delt with most affairs. She is now telling me I have to sell, as she wants her shares of the money. But she hasn’t paid anything towards the mortgage, insurance or any work I have done in the house. Where do I tandem?


    Our Response:

    As one of the children, she is entitled to an equal share of the property. Did you father not have life insurance to cover the mortgage payments? This is often a condition that mortgage providers will stipulate. If you didn’t want your sister to have an equal share of the property, you would need to apply to the courts with evidence of the monies you have paid if you want a larger share of the inheritance.

  328. NICKO8 – Your Question:

    Hi , My Sisters husband died (Brother in law) of 46 years recently. They have 2 houses (in joint name) and several bank/accounts in Both My sisters name ,Brother In laws name and Joint name. All , We presumed (he had no will),would be left to my sister as they have no Children/Grand children & his parents not alive. Then my sister died just over 2 weeks later then her husbands death,so all assets were the same as they were before both of them died( IE no account name changes etc). They both had no will, My sister is survived by myself and my brother. Her husband ( My brother in law is survived by one brother ) I have been told that all the estate would be left to myself and my brother , but know I have heard the my brother in law’s(sisters husband) brother can claim anything in the sole name of my Brother in law only (Anything in joint name and in my sisters name is still passed on to Brother and myself) Can you please clarify the above and I hope it makes sense , Thanking you in advance, J jocko5 – 28-Sep-17 @ 5:12 PM


    Our Response:

    When the husband died his estate would have gone to his wife. Once she dies, her estate then goes to her parents if they are still alive or her siblings if the parents have died.

  329. QUESTION – My sister sadly died in April this year., and did not leave a will. She did not have children nor a partner. My mother has survived her. I will take the emotions out of this as a result of one of her sister’s unacceptable behaviour during my sister’s illness and after her death.. We initially gained access to the property when we found out that that sister was not stayng at the property. What we saw was shocking as the house had been turned upside down and the only places that you could walk through were the toilet and bathroom. However, the next day she had the locks changed, after, we believe, being tipped off by a neighbour of my late sister. That sister, who was my late sister’s next of kin during her treatment at the hospital states that states will be residing at my late sister’s house and will not leave until she sells her own home. (When I last passed her house there was no “for sale” sign at the property.). She claims she has been living with my sister since November 2015 and became her fulltime carer in April 2016. Please note that my late sister became ill on Boxing Day 2015, whilst visiting that sister’s house. Do we have a right to gain possession of the property and securing it, without having to go through the courts?’ Both my late sister’s house and that sister’s house are free of mortgage. Regards

  330. hi my friends aunt died in 2002 and then her uncle(her husband) died about a year later. They didn’t have any children and someone has spoken to my friend and her aunt has left some money, she didn’t leave a will so my friend would like to know who would inherit, would it be my friend,the niece or her uncle’s family. thank you

  331. My mum died in didn’t speak to her for a year before she died in don’t know off she made a will as my sister had fallen out with me years before my sister got everything and I wasn’t told anything I am really angry but there’s nothing I can do as she died about 7 years ago

  332. Hi my father has died , with no will , we think. my eldest brother has dealt with everything he has devided all the money between us all , but it doesn’t add up ,my dad was mentally fine not confused and he told us what he had , is there anyway we can find out without asking my brother as I am sure there was quite a bit more money than he has said and my father had paid for his own funeral .its just grinding on me .

  333. Hi Sarah, if the money is in the bank then you can trace what was in and what when out!? Probably best asking your brother this question. But why don’t you want him to know your asking?

  334. If a granfmother leave a home to 7 kids and one of the seven kids past before her (Tina) and then a month later the grandmother dies.do the kids of the mother that died,gets her share.

  335. Sarah – Your Question:

    Hi my father has died , with no will , we think. my eldest brother has dealt with everything he has devided all the money between us all , but it doesn’t add up ,my dad was mentally fine not confused and he told us what he had , is there anyway we can find out without asking my brother as I am sure there was quite a bit more money than he has said and my father had paid for his own funeral.its just grinding on me.


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will, the estate will normally go through probate. Your brother will have had to apply for a “grant of representation” and there will be a record of this. If the estate did not include any shares, land or property, he may not have needed to apply for probate, in this case there is not much you can do to find out how much was involved.

  336. B – Your Question:

    If a granfmother leave a home to 7 kids and one of the seven kids past before her (Tina) and then a month later the grandmother dies.do the kids of the mother that died,gets her share.


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will, the grandchild(ren) will receive the inheritance if the child has already died.

  337. At 31 found out my father was not my biological father. My biological father is dead. Never got to meet him. He has 3 daughters. 1 of them is to a different mother. Question is am I entitled to any of his estate? His wife is still alive and lives in the house they owned.

  338. bren – Your Question:

    Hi my friends aunt died in 2002 and then her uncle(her husband) died about a year later. They didn’t have any children and someone has spoken to my friend and her aunt has left some money, she didn’t leave a will so my friend would like to know who would inherit, would it be my friend,the niece or her uncle’s family. thank you


    Our Response:

    If there are no children or parents, the estate naturally goes to siblings of the deceased. If the siblings have already died, the offspring of the siblings inherit in their place.

  339. Jay – Your Question:

    At 31 found out my father was not my biological father. My biological father is dead. Never got to meet him. He has 3 daughters. 1 of them is to a different mother. Question is am I entitled to any of his estate?His wife is still alive and lives in the house they owned.


    Our Response:

    This depends on whether he wrote a Will or not. In the absence of a Will, most of your father’s estate will have passed to his spouse.

  340. I’m not sure Debs13’s question was answered. I think she wants to know if her partner’s adult children will have a claim on the house that is in her name if he dies not if he has a claim on the house if she dies.

  341. I lived together with my ex boyfriend for 4 years, we split last year. We have one child, he is registered child by home office, he got my ex surname as well. I am polish, my ex boyfriend british, baby has dual citizenship. My ex has 2 siblings -they hate me from beginning (pffff polish woman with mix kid) and this siblings don’t have any children. Grandparents are dead. So from this british family, my “mix” child will be the only “surviver” or descendant. The siblings are single, no spouse, my ex’s brother and sister, with no children. My ex has only one child, my child. Can my child inherit everything from this family if there are no will, but I don’t keep the contact with them any more. My ex visit me sometimes, and on the last visit he said to me: he has cancer !!!! He is 53 years old. If he dies without will, the question: how will I know that he died – we don’t live together any more, can his siblings claim for his house and can they betray me – to keep in quietly that he has a registered son with birth certificate ??? What happen if a couple did not marriage but they have a registered child. After They spit. Father dies. No will. Siblings get everything ??? And if after this siblings die as well ? No children, no grandparents, no partner. But no contact as well, they don’t keep the contact with they nephew. Usually I don’t keep a close contact with my ex, he sometimes visit me and the child, shortly, but this is everything. I think, he doesn’t want will, but with cancer he won’t live very long….if he dies, does the authorities investigate, does he have a child or not ??? Who investigate it, does he have children from previous relationship ?

  342. My husband has passed without making a will and while we shared joint bank accounts his cars (4) were all in his name. Is there anyway I can sell Hesse a sap as all the mots etc runs out at the end December?

  343. KJP – Your Question:

    I’m not sure Debs13’s question was answered. I think she wants to know if her partner’s adult children will have a claim on the house that is in her name if he dies not if he has a claim on the house if she dies.


    Our Response:

    No they won’t have a claim on the father’s partner’s property, if it’s in her name.

  344. I have been paying back 7 different debt companies £1 month for years as I got myself in to trouble with a bad investment in 2008. My father has passed away and he has left a decent inheritance but once i pay off my mortgage it will leave me a bit. I want to pay off the debt i owe but wont have enough to pay full amounts off, but also after years of stress ( ive not had a holiday for 10 years)would like to have money to have a better life. I know that this is what my dad would have wanted after all the years he saved for his kids. I miss him every day and want him to be proud. Any advice of best thing to do

  345. hapla – Your Question:

    I have been paying back 7 different debt companies £1 month for years as I got myself in to trouble with a bad investment in 2008. My father has passed away and he has left a decent inheritance but once I pay off my mortgage it will leave me a bit. I want to pay off the debt I owe but wont have enough to pay full amounts off, but also after years of stress ( ive not had a holiday for 10 years)would like to have money to have a better life. I know that this is what my dad would have wanted after all the years he saved for his kids. I miss him every day and want him to be proud. Any advice of best thing to do


    Our Response:

    We’re sorry, we can’t give individual advice like this. You might be better asking at Citizens Advice. There are some things you could ask yourself like – How many years will you knock off the debt if you pay back more now? Could you use some of the money to reduce the debt and also have a holiday? etc

  346. My dad who was a loner was diagnosed with dementia 1 1/2 years ago, my sister who didn’t talk to him for years quickly took over POA knowing he’s worth over 500.000 and didn’t tell me or let me help him, she put him in a nurcing home and his house wasn’t livible, she then fixed up the house and wouldn’t let me help when I asked about then I was shocked a year later finding out she was living there with her daughter, my sister and I are the only next of kin, he passed 4 month ago and I been super depressed about all of this, what can I do? I am selfed imployed and only have enough to pay my monthly bills, can’t believe she would be so greedy.

  347. Hi Im divorced for over 10 yrs, but I have children with my ex, he is living with someone else, but concerned his assets will go to his partner & his children get nothing, he stopped contact with his daughters when they were young & not seen then for over 10 yrs since having a new life, but not down to my daughters im upset than my daughters wont get any assets that they deserve for his lack of not been around for them at no fault of there own , has my daughters got rights who are now adults

  348. ks – Your Question:

    Hi Im divorced for over 10 yrs, but I have children with my ex, he is living with someone else, but concerned his assets will go to his partner & his children get nothing, he stopped contact with his daughters when they were young & not seen then for over 10 yrs since having a new life, but not down to my daughters im upset than my daughters wont get any assets that they deserve for his lack of not been around for them at no fault of there own , has my daughters got rights who are now adults


    Our Response:

    Unless your ex has written a Will to the contrary, most of his estate will automatically go to a spouse (has to be a marriage), if there is no spouse the estate is divided between his natural children.

  349. My mother took my dead father off of the real estate she own. I have two sisters and their husband’s and them had to sign their rights over to me. In order for my mother to add my name to the deed. I am single no children. My mother passed away and leaving my name on the deed. My sister died. Can her husband hold a share of the land if I die and not have will?

  350. My great aunt sadly passed away recently and she hasn’t left a will my mother is her niece . She invested money and it’s well over £30,000, also all her valuable items in the house. My mother was the only one that cared for her and always went to see her. Suddenly now that she’s passed her nephew wants to take over and has raided her house for everything. Jewellery, ornaments. He’s demanded that anything we took from the house for safe keeping as a key was left in a lockbox and a lot of people know the code, he’s demanded that it be returned or he’s phoning the police. We also found out that when my aunt was alive his wife took her wedding and engagement rings and caused her stress, she was suffering from Alzheimer’s also which made things worse. He’s walked away from the house and left a neighbor to clear out the house as it’s rented and it has to be cleared in 2 weeks. We’re terrified that he’s going to sell everything as we don’t know everything he’s taken and he lives 3 hours away from us so we can’t pick things that we want to keep even if he gives us a choice, it’s causing my mum so much stress that it’s making her sick. I’m trying to figure out as much as I can do I can go down the legal rout so that nothing gets sold that we want to keep in the family as it’s of sentimental value

  351. My father was cheating on my mum for four years with her main carer. Mum passed away in January and now my dad has put the house on the market. Do my brother and I have any rights to my mum’s estate in the form of when the house is sold is any of that money rightfully ours, especially after how my dad cheated on mum with someone who shouldn’t have abused their position of power.

  352. Lou – Your Question:

    My father was cheating on my mum for four years with her main carer. Mum passed away in January and now my dad has put the house on the market. Do my brother and I have any rights to my mum’s estate in the form of when the house is sold is any of that money rightfully ours, especially after how my dad cheated on mum with someone who shouldn’t have abused their position of power.


    Our Response:

    When your mother died – if there was no Will and the value of the estate was worth more than £250,000 – your father would have kept all the assets (including property), up to that value (£250,000), and all the personal possessions, whatever their value. He would also have received half the the remainder of the estate and the half of the remainder would be shared equally between the children. If the estate had been worth less than £250,000 your father would have received it all and you wouldn’t be entitled to anything.

  353. Can you advise of a query? A 17 year old passed after a bleed to brain, what about any bank accounts/held in trust, who should benefit if there is a trust account or bank account. Father did not raise child, mother and grandparents raised child.

  354. Childrens dad just passed away they have a step mum all there dads assets are soley in his name bank accounts the house is car and caravan are all in his name none are joint with his wife were do my children stand

  355. My mothers brother passed away she is the last left in that family her name is on the deeds of his house is any of his nephew or nieces entitled to any money from sale of property

  356. Anonymous – Your Question:

    Can you advise of a query? A 17 year old passed after a bleed to brain, what about any bank accounts/held in trust, who should benefit if there is a trust account or bank account. Father did not raise child, mother and grandparents raised child.


    Our Response:

    If a child dies any property or possessions will usually go to the parents unless other beneficiaries are named on trusts etc. You should check this with a solicitor.

  357. Monty – Your Question:

    My mothers brother passed away she is the last left in that family her name is on the deeds of his house is any of his nephew or nieces entitled to any money from sale of property


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will and the deceased has no spouse, children, grandchildren or parents, the estate will be divided equally between their brothers and sisters (or their children if they have already died). So if your mother’s name is on the deeds she will get the property and, assuming there are no other brothers or sisters she will also inherit any other possessions etc.

  358. Desert – Your Question:

    Childrens dad just passed away they have a step mum all there dads assets are soley in his name bank accounts the house is car and caravan are all in his name none are joint with his wife were do my children stand


    Our Response:

    If the estate is worth more than £250,000, his wife will inherit £250,000 value from the estate plus all personal possessions (regardless of value). The remainder of the estate (over £250,000 value) will then be split as 50% to the wife and 50% divided between the surviving biological children. If there is a Will, obviously this will not apply.

  359. My husband and I split but never got divorced. We have 2 children together. He had a new gf for 4 years when he died. He had no will. Estate is less than £250000. Who gets this?

  360. My parents never left a will but they but me on the deeds of the house as I was the one who stayed and looked after them. My sisters were very annoyed about this. I haven’t seen them for years. I’ve found out out they needn’t have worried As I now gather I have no claim on the house. My health is failing and I gather I cannot release equity. Take out a mortgage or sell the place on. I am desperate to sell and if the selling pry is split,,, 3, ways I will not be able to afford another place to live.

  361. Please help, my dad who was married to his first wife and had 4children died over 16 years ago. At the time my mom who later married had 2choldren and divorced my dad. The divorce papers were never found for his first wife who hated the ground he walked on. The question is my father was a veteran and his first wife passed away her children are trying to bury her in his veterans plot. My sister was the administrator of his estate and me nor my sister want her there can we do anything to prevent it or place it on hold? Desperate for some answers

  362. My dad passed away with no will. I have conflicting views with my dads other daughter (my half sister) who is selling his property such as mobility scooter, shed, and sorting through his things and using his bank card. She refuses to equally split anything left. How do I claim my share of what he has left. She is the oldest living child.

  363. M – Your Question:

    Please help, my dad who was married to his first wife and had 4children died over 16 years ago. At the time my mom who later married had 2choldren and divorced my dad. The divorce papers were never found for his first wife who hated the ground he walked on. The question is my father was a veteran and his first wife passed away her children are trying to bury her in his veterans plot. My sister was the administrator of his estate and me nor my sister want her there can we do anything to prevent it or place it on hold? Desperate for some answers


    Our Response:

    Who has the title deeds to the grave? If your father’s wife owns the deeds, her children can bury her there. You may need to seek professional legal advice to try and prevent this.

  364. Jes – Your Question:

    My dad passed away with no will. I have conflicting views with my dads other daughter (my half sister) who is selling his property such as mobility scooter, shed, and sorting through his things and using his bank card. She refuses to equally split anything left. How do I claim my share of what he has left. She is the oldest living child.


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will, usually an estate will have to go throuhg probate before any assets can be divided. Seek help from a solicitor.

  365. My father died 16months ago. He and my mother divorced 30yrs ago and he remarried and had 2 children. My brother and I were his first children but were kept out of his new life. The last few years before his death we reconnected. I don’t know if he left a will, but I do know his and his wife’s estate is of considerable value. His wife told me at his funeral that she was going to sell the family home and split the proceeds with her children. Do my brother and I have a claim on the estate?

  366. Father passed away two years ago leaving no will. My mother passed away three months ago not having signed a will. My brother took out Grant of Representation and has started to transfer money from our father and mothers accounts and shares into his account and name. He has also applied to get the deeds from the bank of their freehold property. Can he just change the name of the deeds into his without my sister or my consent? Should I be making myself known as having an interest to and being an equal inheritor under the rules of intestacy to any governing body? Feel helpless, as to whether to confront him or get s solicitor involved. Any advice appreciated.

  367. Halstar – Your Question:

    My father died 16months ago. He and my mother divorced 30yrs ago and he remarried and had 2 children. My brother and I were his first children but were kept out of his new life. The last few years before his death we reconnected. I don’t know if he left a will, but I do know his and his wife’s estate is of considerable value. His wife told me at his funeral that she was going to sell the family home and split the proceeds with her children. Do my brother and I have a claim on the estate?


    Our Response:

    If he left a Will then unfortunately you may have to accept the terms of the Will. If there is no Will and the estate is worth over £250,000, your father’s wife will inherit £250,000 value from the estate plus all personal possessions (regardless of value). Note if the property was owned as joint tenants it will not have formed part of your father’s estate and would automatically go to his wife.The remainder of the estate (over £250,000 value) will then be split as 50% to the mother and 50% divided between the surviving children (which we imagine will include you as a the biological children)

  368. Taraweeh – Your Question:

    Father passed away two years ago leaving no will. My mother passed away three months ago not having signed a will. My brother took out Grant of Representation and has started to transfer money from our father and mothers accounts and shares into his account and name. He has also applied to get the deeds from the bank of their freehold property. Can he just change the name of the deeds into his without my sister or my consent? Should I be making myself known as having an interest to and being an equal inheritor under the rules of intestacy to any governing body? Feel helpless, as to whether to confront him or get s solicitor involved. Any advice appreciated.


    Our Response:

    Speak to your brother first, ask if you can be added as a signatory on the accounts etc. This will establish whether he’s simply doing what he thinks best in order to settle the estate, divide the assets etc. If you’re unsure, speak to a solicitor.

  369. My mum recently passed away intestate. She lived in council sheltered housing where she received rent rebate & council tax benefits. In the building Society she had just over 11,000 pounds that I was unaware of apparently it was an insurance that my late stepfather had paid in. I went to a commissioner of oaths to sign a form for the money to be released. I have paid for the wake out of my money & there are bills to be paid ie rent, council tax, care fees & remainder if funeral costs probably amounting to £1,000 pounds or more. Do I need to pay for probate? Am I entitled to distribute the remaining money between my four siblings & myself when all debts are paid?

  370. My aunt died a spinster (never married, no children, no surviving parents). She has one surviving brother,her other brothers and sisters have died. Her estate is about 100k. Does the surviving brother get everything or is the estate shared equally between the surviving brother and the nieces and nephews of the other brothers and sisters? I can’t seem to find a definitive answer. Any help much appreciated

  371. Allen – Your Question:

    My aunt died a spinster (never married, no children, no surviving parents). She has one surviving brother,her other brothers and sisters have died. Her estate is about 100k. Does the surviving brother get everything or is the estate shared equally between the surviving brother and the nieces and nephews of the other brothers and sisters?I can’t seem to find a definitive answer. Any help much appreciated


    Our Response:

    You’re second suggestion is correct. See point 3 in the above article “If the deceased has no spouse or civil partner, and no children or grand-children, the estate will be divided equally between their parents. If the deceased has no living parents, the estate will be divided equally between their brothers and sisters (or their children if they have already died).”

  372. My grandfathers second wife died intestate, she never had children my mother was only child of grandfather. My sister and I are only living relatives to my grandfather. Can my sister and I claim on granddad second wife’s estate?

  373. My Aunt died without leaving a will. She never married and did not have any children. Her parents and siblings died before her. Her sister had five children and her brother had three children, all of whom are still alive. I have applied to administer her estate and have registered her death, arranged the funeral and contacted the various banks etc. My view is that the estate is split eight ways – with my cousins and my siblings. I have been advised this is not correct and that the estate should be split 2 ways – her deceased siblings each getting 50%. The 50% would then be divided between the number of children each of her siblings had. One sibling had three children and the other five. The advice I’ve been given is that for the three children they would receive 1/6th of the estate each and for the five children they would receive 1/10th of the estate.

  374. my grandmother passed leaving me a small amount of money i recently found out she had 3 life insurance policies and my aunt who knew took all the documents after her death giving us all a small about added up to just over 5000 between 5 of us now 6 months later she buys a new house and her son a new car, i just found out today that my gran had these life insurance policies and the money that was paid to us was by cheque from my aunt account she said she was instructed to give us this not mentioning the life insurance which at least one policy was 50 000 pounds what can i do im not concerned about the money at this point i just wanna know what happened for the sake of closure and that my grans last wishes were what they were.

  375. Getting it right – Your Question:

    My Aunt died without leaving a will. She never married and did not have any children. Her parents and siblings died before her. Her sister had five children and her brother had three children, all of whom are still alive. I have applied to administer her estate and have registered her death, arranged the funeral and contacted the various banks etc. My view is that the estate is split eight ways – with my cousins and my siblings. I have been advised this is not correct and that the estate should be split 2 ways – her deceased siblings each getting 50%. The 50% would then be divided between the number of children each of her siblings had. One sibling had three children and the other five. The advice I’ve been given is that for the three children they would receive 1/6th of the estate each and for the five children they would receive 1/10th of the estate.


    Our Response:

    The advice you’ve been given is correct. As the above article states: “If there is no Will and the deceased has no spouse or civil partner, and no children or grand-children, the estate will be divided equally between their parents. If the deceased has no living parents, the estate will be divided equally between their brothers and sisters (or their children if they have already died).”
    So your aunt’s two siblings would get equal shares…50% each. As both siblings have died their share is divided equally between the children. So….if one sibling had three children, those children get 50% of the estate (i.e shared three ways). The other sibling had five children so theirs is the other half of the estate shared five ways.

  376. dannyboy1881 – Your Question:

    My grandmother passed leaving me a small amount of money I recently found out she had 3 life insurance policies and my aunt who knew took all the documents after her death giving us all a small about added up to just over 5000 between 5 of us now 6 months later she buys a new house and her son a new car,i just found out today that my gran had these life insurance policies and the money that was paid to us was by cheque from my aunt account she said she was instructed to give us this not mentioning the life insurance which at least one policy was 50 000 pounds what can I do im not concerned about the money at this point I just wanna know what happened for the sake of closure and that my grans last wishes were what they were.


    Our Response:

    How do you know your aunt was not the beneficiary on the life insurance policies?

  377. My mum died a few years ago she had a 1 insurance policy’s which we never saw she said the house was left to me and my brother now my step dad has died we can’t find the will or insurance policy’s we think the step dad sister has them but she said she hasn’t what do we do next the will has been seen before and it was a joint will now there are both dead what happens

  378. My sons father died many years ago. He had a half sister (same mum different dad). This making her my sons aunt. She is now a widow. Her and her late husband never had any children. So the only blood relative she has is my son, her nephew. But there is a surviving brother in law. If she dies whilst my son and her brother in law are alive, and hasn’t made a will, who inherits her estate, which roughly would be about £200.000. Also out of curiosity, is there such a term as half nephew and is that what my son would be classed as. I have never heard the term before.

  379. My husband was one of 3 brothers.My husband died 8 years ago and one of his surviving brothers has recently died leaving no wil , not married and no children..Is the brother who is still alive entitled to all assets or must it be shared between him and my daughter, their niece.

  380. Fliss – Your Question:

    My sons father died many years ago. He had a half sister (same mum different dad). This making her my sons aunt. She is now a widow. Her and her late husband never had any children. So the only blood relative she has is my son, her nephew. But there is a surviving brother in law. If she dies whilst my son and her brother in law are alive, and hasn’t made a will, who inherits her estate, which roughly would be about £200.000. Also out of curiosity, is there such a term as half nephew and is that what my son would be classed as. I have never heard the term before.


    Our Response:

    You’d have to check with a legal professional but we think that if there are no other blood relatives an estate can pass to the children of a half blood sibling.

  381. Liz – Your Question:

    My husband was one of 3 brothers.My husband died 8 years ago and one of his surviving brothers has recently died leaving no wil , not married and no children.Is the brother who is still alive entitled to all assets or must it be shared between him and my daughter, their niece.


    Our Response:

    As the article above says:
    If the deceased has no spouse or civil partner, and no children or grand-children, the estate will be divided equally between their parents. If the deceased has no living parents, the estate will be divided equally between their brothers and sisters (or their children if they have already died).

  382. My mum has passed, there are 3 children, no will. We are unable to get hold of my older brother. Last known he was living rough in London and using various substances and suffering with severe mental health issues. Our mum has very little to leave but how do we include my brother when we have no contact for him? Where do we stand? Also concerned that even a couple of hundred pounds inheritence could potentially kill him.

  383. Bradders – Your Question:

    My mum has passed, there are 3 children, no will. We are unable to get hold of my older brother. Last known he was living rough in London and using various substances and suffering with severe mental health issues.Our mum has very little to leave but how do we include my brother when we have no contact for him? Where do we stand? Also concerned that even a couple of hundred pounds inheritence could potentially kill him.


    Our Response:

    Can you get your brother’s part of the inheritance put aside for the future in case he is found? It might be worth seeking advice from a solicitor…adverts could be placed in various publications to see if he can be traced. It’s unreasonable not to try and trace him merely because you’re concerned about the effect the inheritance may have on him.

  384. My brother has died interstate, it was unexpected. His legal heir is his only daughter who along with her mother pushed him out the family home. He lived with us on and off and had lots of money from my mother for rent and debts. Is there any way i can get some of that money back. It mounted to £10,000. As he was ill it was me that cared for the last years and it seems so unfair that his daughter who wanted nothing to do with him should inherit. He told the GP that i was next of kin. Also it was me who arranged the funeral and cleaned out his flat.

  385. Great Uncle died, leaving no blood relatives, (his wife was my great aunt and she died ages ago) they had no children, he (by marriage has lots of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews) also he has 2 sister in laws, one of which is my grandmother. he has not left a will, at least not that anyone can find. Does this mean any money he has goes to the crown? We have been lead to believe this is the case and that the only money the remaining family can use of his is to cover funeral expenses.

  386. Cupcake – Your Question:

    Great Uncle died, leaving no blood relatives, (his wife was my great aunt and she died ages ago) they had no children, he (by marriage has lots of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews) also he has 2 sister in laws, one of which is my grandmother. he has not left a will, at least not that anyone can find. Does this mean any money he has goes to the crown? We have been lead to believe this is the case and that the only money the remaining family can use of his is to cover funeral expenses.


    Our Response:

    If the deceased has no living: spouse; civil partner; children; grandchildren; parents; brothers or sisters; half brothers and sisters; grandparents; aunts and uncles or half aunts and uncles; nephew/nieces or cousins, then yes, the estate will all pass to the Crown.

  387. Me and my 2 brother,inherited my dads house threw probate,giving 3 brothers equal share to the value of property being 90.000.but I one of the brothers have lived in the property for 5 years ,and carried out lots of work,maintiance ,costsing me thousands and years to compleat,like front and back garden which had never been touched in 40 yrs,it took me thousands of hrs to my start and compleation,as I did few hours a night,after my day job,nearly 2 yr it took,and cost in materals was in thousands of pounds.plus work in side house was my own doing and expence adding big value to property,my brother wants 30.000,and not taken into concideration added value ive put into it,,ive got a morgege on value of house to buy my 2 brothers out,,agreement with fare sum to 1 brother,but not other hes asking to much,being greedy,and want to kow will I win if it goes to court,

  388. My father in law has died and has left no will for his council property do you still need a probate to clear the flat also he has property in Spain but has left a will for that does both property come under one inheritance tax

  389. My daughter has been with her long term partner for 10 years, but they are not married. He recently passed in tragic circumstances, and she is now being denied any rights to his property, how the funeral is arranged, and how his estate is divided. He had little or no dealings with his parents, who have now arrived in his home town and demanded access to his flat, which is a joint tenancy with my daughter and free reign with his possessions. The police advise as next of kin there is nothing we can do to stop them entering the property using his keys. Surely this is not correct. They should have no rights over shared property! The Common-law status is a mess, and in today’s modern society, why are we still governed by archaic laws which feel more Victorian than 21st Century

  390. Rach – Your Question:

    My father in law has died and has left no will for his council property do you still need a probate to clear the flat also he has property in Spain but has left a will for that does both property come under one inheritance tax


    Our Response:

    If he was classed as living in the UK, it’s likely that IHT will be applicable on all his assets including the property in Spain. You should consult a professional for more information. If the UK property is a council property we assume it’s rented? You should therefore contact the council about clearing the flat (it’s likely you will need to present a death certificate).

  391. Concerned Parent – Your Question:

    My daughter has been with her long term partner for 10 years, but they are not married. He recently passed in tragic circumstances, and she is now being denied any rights to his property, how the funeral is arranged, and how his estate is divided. He had little or no dealings with his parents, who have now arrived in his home town and demanded access to his flat, which is a joint tenancy with my daughter and free reign with his possessions. The police advise as next of kin there is nothing we can do to stop them entering the property using his keys. Surely this is not correct. They should have no rights over shared property! The Common-law status is a mess, and in today’s modern society, why are we still governed by archaic laws which feel more Victorian than 21st Century


    Our Response:

    Tell your daughter to talk to her landlord and to get the tenancy put in her name alone. The deceased’s parents will then at least need her permission to access any of his property. She could try legal action to see if she can be given part of his estate.

  392. My abaned me at 13 to live with a man who turned out not to be my father. She gave up her parwntail right. I’m 23 and she’s died. She left no will the deeds of the house are in her name. My brother said she had left everything to him in the latter stages of her terminal illness. Do j have a calm on the house? Please advise

  393. pj – Your Question:

    My abaned me at 13 to live with a man who turned out not to be my father. She gave up her parwntail right. I’m 23 and she’s died. She left no will the deeds of the house are in her name. My brother said she had left everything to him in the latter stages of her terminal illness. Do j have a calm on the house? Please advise


    Our Response:

    If there is no Will and no surviving spouse, the estate would usually go to any bioligical children. Ask Citizens’ Advice or a solicitor to look into this for you if you feel you may have a claim on the estate. If you brother said she left everything to him, this should have been in the form of a Will.

  394. My mother passed when I was 3yrs old and my sister was 1. Our mom didn’t put a name on birth certificate for Father..it said unknown. Our grandparents was the closest relative to us and so they legally adopted us. They are deceased now After graduating high school biological father found me and we continued a father and daughter relationship. I’m now 43 and he just died January 20, 2018 and I was benificary for one insurance policy for 10,000 dollars but had to sign it over to the funeral home so he could be buried. I have 2 half brothers that my father didn’t have Relationship with for his own reasons and have been told I have no right to his estate since I was adopted? I was 3 yr old and my father wasn’t stable enough to get anything from grandparents he said but tried. Is this true

  395. My Aunt died without leaving a Will. She was never married. Never had children, Her parents, sisters and brother have already passed before her.. Her sister, (my mother) had 10 children. I’m assuming we, as Nieces and Nephews of the now deceased Aunt, are next in line as beneficiaries. My question is. 3 of the beneficiaries have died. Are the children of the 3 deceased’s children, now entitled a share?

  396. Bbern – Your Question:

    My Aunt died without leaving a Will. She was never married. Never had children, Her parents, sisters and brother have already passed before her. Her sister, (my mother) had 10 children. I’m assuming we, as Nieces and Nephews of the now deceased Aunt, are next in line as beneficiaries.My question is. 3 of the beneficiaries have died. Are the children of the 3 deceased’s children, now entitled a share?


    Our Response:

    All your aunt’s nephews and nieces will receive equal shares including the children of those of your aunt’s siblings who have already died.

  397. My mother passed away she had not bothered with me for many years but I have sisters how would I find out if she had a will or if it’s gone to probate and if my sisters haven’t mentioned me would probate search to see if there are more children besides my sisters or if I don’t contact probate it will it be shared out between my sisters

  398. Hi . My dad died and he has 3 children , he was in a nursing home for over 15 years so had no will or anything , his mum was his next of kin but she has dementia so my aunt is trying to take over power of authority… he won’t let any money that’s been left go in a cheque into my name she’s wantingot on her name and she can devide it between me and my 2 brothers which I think is unfair as I want to deal with it. Is their anything I can do to stop her getting a cheque in her name as I am his daughter??

  399. Our father passed away recently, without leaving a will. There are four surviving siblings, including myself and we decided that myself, the oldest and the next oldest would become joint executors as there are complications with a second property and it would mean the burden of settling affairs could be split. The problem we have is with the main part of the estate, the family home, where one sibling has always lived in and still does. For whatever reason, they are blocking access to us. Collectively we had agreed that there were items of reasonable value, which could be sold to cover outstanding costs, in order to clear them quickly and avoid interest accruing. Does our resident sibling have the right to refuse us access? We have no wish to throw them out on the street, but these issues have to be dealt with and unfortunately the house and land will have to be sold. Any advice would be much appreciated.

  400. Dave – Your Question:

    My mother passed away she had not bothered with me for many years but I have sisters how would I find out if she had a will or if it’s gone to probate and if my sisters haven’t mentioned me would probate search to see if there are more children besides my sisters or if I don’t contact probate it will it be shared out between my sisters


    Our Response:

    You can find out if a Will or probate took place via this government web page

  401. Loza – Your Question:

    Hi. My dad died and he has 3 children , he was in a nursing home for over 15 years so had no will or anything , his mum was his next of kin but she has dementia so my aunt is trying to take over power of authority. he won’t let any money that’s been left go in a cheque into my name she’s wantingot on her name and she can devide it between me and my 2 brothers which I think is unfair as I want to deal with it. Is their anything I can do to stop her getting a cheque in her name as I am his daughter??


    Our Response:

    Did your father have a Will? Is your aunt named as executor? If so, she can administer the Will. Why would it cause a problem if the money is to be divided between you and your brothers anyway? If there’s no Will any proceeds remaining after funeral costs are split between surviving children, so even if there’s no Will the same thing will happen.

  402. Maca – Your Question:

    Our father passed away recently, without leaving a will. There are four surviving siblings, including myself and we decided that myself, the oldest and the next oldest would become joint executors as there are complications with a second property and it would mean the burden of settling affairs could be split. The problem we have is with the main part of the estate, the family home, where one sibling has always lived in and still does. For whatever reason, they are blocking access to us. Collectively we had agreed that there were items of reasonable value, which could be sold to cover outstanding costs, in order to clear them quickly and avoid interest accruing. Does our resident sibling have the right to refuse us access? We have no wish to throw them out on the street, but these issues have to be dealt with and unfortunately the house and land will have to be sold. Any advice would be much appreciated.


    Our Response:

    Unfortunately if you can’t use your powers of persuasion, the only other way to get your sibling to move out would be to apply to the court for an “order of sale”. If you simply want access to the property for funds to cover initial expenses, such as funeral, legal fees etc, then you might need to speak with a solicitor.

  403. My parents didn’t marry until I was 2, after they married they had another child. Will I inherit any of their estate or will my sister receive everything?

  404. My father has recently passed away. He was living with his girlfriend of 2 years before this and therefore all of his belongings are in HER HOUSE(not jointly owned) the will that was left is null and void as he was not in sound mind when it was written and it was not witnessed correctly. He had a life insurance policy that is made out to me and my little sister. We have been trying to get my fathers belongings out of his girlfriends house, however she will not let us go round and do this, does she have any right to withhold his stuff from us?

  405. Sugarbear – Your Question:

    My parents didn’t marry until I was 2, after they married they had another child. Will I inherit any of their estate or will my sister receive everything?


    Our Response:

    You’re still the biological offspring so yes you should inherit equally with your siblings assuming both parents are on your birth certificate.

  406. hi my grandfather died in 1993 and they could not find his will and said that everything would be frozen until my grandmother died. my father died in 1996 and i have just found out that my nan left the house to one of my uncle and he has died and left it one of my cousins that has already sold it. but my nans could only leave her part of the house but my grandfather part should have been for the rest of the sons as my father died i should have got is part??. i have just found out about all of this now because i do not live in the uk anymore. I am intitle to anything even if they have sold the house in 2005?? please help me thank you

  407. carolina – Your Question:

    Hi my grandfather died in 1993 and they could not find his will and said that everything would be frozen until my grandmother died.my father died in 1996 and I have just found out that my nan left the house to one of my uncle and he has died and left it one of my cousins that has already sold it.but my nans could only leave her part of the house but my grandfather part should have been for the rest of the sons as my father died I should have got is part??i have just found out about all of this now because I do not live in the uk anymore.I am intitle to anything even if they have sold the house in 2005??please help me thank you


    Our Response:

    If there was no Will and your grandmother’s name was the on the deed as a joint tenant, she would automatically have inherited the property and the remainder of the estate would potentially be split as described above. If your grandmother made a Will to decide who to leave the property to there is not much you can do about it.

  408. My father passed away with no will. Myself and my 3 other siblings were told by him that he had another child who he has not seen for over 25 years. We have got a copy of his birth certificate and my father is not named on it and we know he was divorced from the Childs mother when the child was born. We have no idea where he is living or if indeed our father is his father. Where do we stand with the inheritance – is he entitled to any? Any advice appreciated.

  409. Axl – Your Question:

    My father passed away with no will. Myself and my 3 other siblings were told by him that he had another child who he has not seen for over 25 years. We have got a copy of his birth certificate and my father is not named on it and we know he was divorced from the Childs mother when the child was born. We have no idea where he is living or if indeed our father is his father. Where do we stand with the inheritance – is he entitled to any? Any advice appreciated.


    Our Response:

    If he’s not on the birth certificate it would be hard for him to prove that he is a biological child if he even knows about his father. A DNA test to establish a relationship with you as siblings might be needed if he decided to make a claim to part of the inheritance. Seek advice from a lawyer to find out whether you need to do anything as you’re in possession of this knowledge.

  410. My uncle has died without a will. He has no living wife, children, grandchildren or parents alive. He had 7 siblings only 1 living.. will the sister get all the money from probate.

  411. My father passed away three years ago with no will, he had no wife or civil partner just me and my sister, we where asked to fill in a form about our father by a company and they would get back to us. I received an email stating that the beneficiaries had been paid but myself and my sister where not paid anything? The company will not disclose any information on the matter apart from my nan being the next of kin. Is there anything I can do about this?.

  412. My grandfather passed away many years ago leaving the land… He had many children, but my father was the only one remaining on the land until he passed away 3years ago… I have been living on the land for the pass 24years and now my uncle has returned asking me to move off the property because he will be retiring and he needs the priority… I need advice… my father has wrote a letter stating I am to continue living on this land but my uncle is pushing me off

  413. My Nan passed away on 12/12/2012 and she had 2 son’s, the eldest being my dad. I just found out my dad did not get anything from my nans estate. However, his younger brother has been enjoying holiday after holiday and has money to spare. He didn’t have any money before my nan died. In addition, his adopted son had an abundance of money. Should my dad have been given half of my nans estate?

  414. Cazwot – Your Question:

    My Nan passed away on 12/12/2012 and she had 2 son’s, the eldest being my dad.I just found out my dad did not get anything from my nans estate. However, his younger brother has been enjoying holiday after holiday and has money to spare. He didn’t have any money before my nan died. In addition, his adopted son had an abundance of money. Should my dad have been given half of my nans estate?


    Our Response:

    This depends whether there was a Will in place. Your nan may have left everything to the other son in her Will. Your father can find out whether there was a Will here…

  415. My brother in law has recently passed. So far as we know he had no will and had an decree nisi in place but no absolute. He moved into his parents house who have been caring for him for the past 3 years, he has not seen his wife. The solicitor has now said that she will get all of his money, pension and possessions. We have phoned the social who also say she would be entitled to a bereavement payment lump sum of £2.5k and a monthly bereavement allowance of £100 for however long. She wants nothing to do with organising the funeral or even paying for it for that matter she just wants his money. We need to know is she really entitled to this and if she is next of kin should she use the money to pay for the funeral. Are we entitled to go to the bank and take his money out and use this for the funeral or does she have to do this. He has about 3k in his bank, about 1k for his pension and the rest is from the social. We just need to find out where we stand. Any advice would be appreciated.

  416. My Aunt and Uncle have both just died – my mum’s sister – my aunt died first then my uncle. They were known to adult services in Hampshire in england and both died in a care home with a few months of each other and very frail and elderly and both had some level of confusion and dementia. They have a surviving daughter in her late 60s and grandson in the care of mental health services but i know not where. As far as I can tell – my uncle refused to set up power of attorney, consent to share or make a will. The nursing home know of no power of attorney or will in the papers they have belonging to my uncle after my aunt died. Social services will not confirm either way to me if they had set up power of attorney or a will with a solicitor – there is a bag of papers at the care home but the care home have stated they are not willing to do anything more with regard to this. They did organise the funeral as there was a funeral plan in my uncles papers. Although I have reported the situation to social services – they will not give me any information on if they know if power of attorney with a solicitor was set up however, the adult services team and the housing association did empty all the possessions at my uncles house early this year when he was admitted to the care home without informing me – though they had my details as niece. I am not sure what else to do at this point as I don’t know what is meant to happen next in England (I live in Scotland). I believe they had savings or money in bank accounts according to their previous neighbours which while not huge is still a tidy sum and should really got to the daughter and grandson Can anyone advise me on this?

  417. Hi. My stepson died intestate so his estate was to pass to his mother and father (my husband). His father passed away 3 months later leaving me as his beneficiary. Does the stepsons estate still pass to my decreased husbands estate?

  418. Hi there My uncle died and he Was split up with at time of his death and had a son with her but not proof it was his. He is not on the birth certificate of this child who is 5 and was not allowed access to the child either. We have been told.my another solicitor who is dealing with tge estate as there is no WILL and no probate that everything must goes to the child’s mother for her to sell and put in trust for the child. We have asked why musthis happened as there is no proof the child was his and he was never allowed a DNA test even though when he was alive he tried to get, so he could confirm he really was the father.

  419. Steve – Your Question:

    Hi thereMy uncle died and he Was split up with at time of his death and had a son with her but not proof it was his. He is not on the birth certificate of this child who is 5 and was not allowed access to the child either. We have been told.my another solicitor who is dealing with tge estate as there is no WILL and no probate that everything must goes to the child’s mother for her to sell and put in trust for the child.We have asked why musthis happened as there is no proof the child was his and he was never allowed a DNA test even though when he was alive he tried to get, so he could confirm he really was the father.


    Our Response:

    If a solicitor has advised that there is no probate required, we assume the value of the estate is low. If the estate is worth under £250,000, and the deceased has a spouse or civil partner, they will inherit the whole estate.

  420. If a grandmother has died without a Will who would inherit from the estate. She had 4 children but her son died two years before she did. Would her surviving children inherit from the estate or would the children of her deceased son be entitled to a share.

  421. My farther in law has passed away with no will myself and wife lived with him with are two sons in his house which still has a mortgage on it my brother in law his son who has not been bothered with his dad has now demanded that we sell the house and what is left over is to be spilt 50 50 which means as there will be little left as in terms of money me and my family will have no where to live I had a tencey agreement with my farther in law for 15 years with 8 years left to run on it and was paying rent to him can my brother in law force us out

  422. My uncle has passed away and my mother is his only living sister who is his next of kin to which he gave her name to his bank. There are no children but there are nieces and nephews. Who will inherit the money from his account.

  423. Hi my mother has recently passed away and the house she had was in join name with my father(died) and my brother. Will my brother now have the house as he is the 3rd owner … my mother left no will and the deeds dont really tell us anything as such.

  424. Ca – Your Question:

    My uncle has passed away and my mother is his only living sister who is his next of kin to which he gave her name to his bank. There are no children but there are nieces and nephews. Who will inherit the money from his account.


    Our Response:

    If your uncle has no spouse or civil partner, no children or grand-children and no parents the estate will be divided equally between his brothers and sisters i.e your aunts and uncles on your mother’s side (or their children if they have already died).

  425. My mum has died from cancer, no will and leaves a mortgage behind of £250,000. She wasn’t living in the house, was living on her business premises but paying mortgage on her own property each month. The house has been valued at around £225,000. Me and my brother (only us no other children) are happily dealing with everything together. My mum did not have a will. I have spoken to mortgage company who’ve said we will keep house for 12 months before they look at repossession. Dlmy mum had no assets. Do I have to apply for probate or letters of administration. As far as I can see we don’t need it. Can anyone advise.

  426. Our father passed away without a signed will, we obtained a probate for my mother. She passed away recently without a signed will (they had will’s made up without signing them) Our whole family (including 3 siblings) was aware of their intentions however because we have no will we have one distant sibling who is contesting the intention of our parents. Can one sibling who was meant to inherit the estate and with the blessing of the other sibling and other family members obtain a probate directly for them self? Happy for that to be contested afterwards but wanted to know one can still make a probate claim without notifying a sibling?

  427. Rach – Your Question:

    My mum has died from cancer, no will and leaves a mortgage behind of £250,000. She wasn’t living in the house, was living on her business premises but paying mortgage on her own property each month. The house has been valued at around £225,000. Me and my brother (only us no other children) are happily dealing with everything together. My mum did not have a will. I have spoken to mortgage company who’ve said we will keep house for 12 months before they look at repossession. Dlmy mum had no assets. Do I have to apply for probate or letters of administration. As far as I can see we don’t need it. Can anyone advise.


    Our Response:

    Probate is usually needed if the estate is small – but usually if an estate contains property or has a value of more than £5000, it won’t be considered a small estate, so probate may be needed. If there are likely to be debts arising from the death, you should seek professional help. You should also check that there were no insurance policies in place that might help to pay off the mortgage debt.

  428. My sons dad died his wife has a house my sons dad had s house in there own right . Also they have a joint house . He had left no will what happens next ? Also she has a daughter which was his stepdaughter how is everything divided ? Dose my son have a right to anything ?

  429. my dad died no will debt and no money at all had a taxi business cars repossessed as no money to pay off debts. A tax return has come to me for my deceased dad saying I am representative I haven’t put myself forward for this so am I automatically a representative as I signed death certificate. There is nothing in his estate he died with debt and no assets. I am not applying for probate as can’t afford to pay any charges as I am on limited budget personally. Any advice please help.

  430. girlie – Your Question:

    My dad died no will debt and no money at all had a taxi business cars repossessed as no money to pay off debts. A tax return has come to me for my deceased dad saying I am representative I haven’t put myself forward for this so am I automatically a representative as I signed death certificate. There is nothing in his estate he died with debt and no assets. I am not applying for probate as can’t afford to pay any charges as I am on limited budget personally. Any advice please help.


    Our Response:

    If the value of the estate is not enough to cover the debts, the estate is ‘insolvent’. Whoever is the estate’s executor it is important to seek advice from a legal professional as debts will have to be prioritised and creditors informed. If this isn’t done properly you (as the executor) may be liable for the debts.

  431. My sister passed away 5 weeks ago, she was not married or had any children. Her estate falls under law to our parents, who both have dementia. Is there any way we can protect our sisters money so it falls to my brother and I in future?

  432. Stuart – Your Question:

    My sister passed away 5 weeks ago, she was not married or had any children.Her estate falls under law to our parents, who both have dementia.Is there any way we can protect our sisters money so it falls to my brother and I in future?


    Our Response:

    Not really. If your parents both suffer from dementia, do you or your siblings hold power of attorney? You could at least ensure that any money spent on social care was spend wisely.

  433. We have been advised by a solicitor that there is a chance we will get the money passed to us..when you say not really, is that a no or not sure? thanks

  434. My father died intestate 2 years ago.Probate was granted 5 months later. There are 7 half siblings. One sister was administrator and has received £100,000 of my father’s money, money because he died whilst still working for the local authority and money from bank accounts etc. 2 years on and this has not moved forwards. We do not know what has happened to that money. Another sister has taken her to court on our behalf to remove her as administrator which was successful. The court ordered she handed over all the originals of paperwork she has but instead she has handed over copies. She is now not responding at all. There is a property to be sold. She has allowed to people to live in this property who are paying rent. She has listed the address as a business. What can we do to move this forwards and bring it to a conclusion? How can she get away with this? I would really appreciate your advice.

  435. Hi my brother passed away in March in testate. He has 2 daughters, one with his wife who he had only been married to for just short of 3 years before his death. His wife’s name is on the deeds of the house but my brother paid for it. Can we stop his wife getting probate? Where do we stand as his direct blood family. Relations with sister in law are not good and weren’t before my brother passing!! Thanks

  436. Hi My mother has just died 6 months after my father passed away. My parents didn’t leave a will and my sister has all the paperwork. I asked my sister about the money that I knew my parents had and wanted us to share between us (less than £40000 in total) My sister has informed me that she is keeping it all because she says my parents told her that is what they wanted and she is also saying I knew this. This is a complete fabrication. A few weeks before my mother passed away she told me there was money for us both. I have tried to be civil with my sister but she refuses to deal with me. I don’t know what to do next

  437. I have only just found out, that my Uncle died, back in May this year. He had a partner for over 40 years, who he lived with, in her house. Last year, they decided that they should go their separate ways and he returned to his own house. Soon after he returned, one of my Cousins and her Son, made a surprise visit to him. They hadn’t see him for about 40-50 years. My Uncle owns a large piece of ground at the bottom of his garden. The Son was pressurising him, to give him his deeds for the house and wanted to build houses on the ground. My Uncle said ‘no’. Soon after they left, he discovered that the deeds were missing. My Uncle took him to court for this. Somehow, they have obtained a grant and the titles of ‘Administrators’. My Uncle died Intestate. No one went to the funeral, we were not told of his death and do not know where the funeral took place. My Uncle still has 2 Sisters living, who come before my Cousin and her boys. There are (including me) 12 nieces and nephews also. What can we do about this?

  438. My dad has passed with no will and a sibling who would have a claim told me the other day that his name is not on the birth certificate. Will this hold up the probate side of things

  439. My mother passed away o and left a life insurance. She left no will. Grant of probate is needed to make a claim. HM Courts and Tribunal said the husband of the deceased is needed to make the application. My father left us long time ago. They were separated but not applied for a divorce. He does not live in UK and I have no contact with him. Can you please advise me on what to do… Many thanks

  440. Mark – Your Question:

    My mother passed away o and left a life insurance. She left no will. Grant of probate is needed to make a claim. HM Courts and Tribunal said the husband of the deceased is needed to make the application. My father left us long time ago. They were separated but not applied for a divorce. He does not live in UK and I have no contact with him. Can you please advise me on what to do. Many thanks


    Our Response:

    Have you tried a tracing service? A solicitor might be able to help you with this.

  441. My dad passed away without leaving a will, I went to the solicitor with my sister and was advised that the process of probate would be quicker if just my sister applied as then they would only be waiting for her to sign forms. I have recently been made aware that she has had the deeds to the property changed into her name only, is this normal and can it be done without my consent?

  442. My auntie passed away who was married but her husband passed away a few days before she did. They had no children and no will. Her sister is still alive (my mother) but they haven’t spoke for more than 10 years. I was the closest family member to my auntie always visiting and helping out and they always said they wanted everything to go to me (but nothing in writing). Will all there possessions go to my mother automatically or is there something I could do?

  443. Conker55 – Your Question:

    My dad passed away without leaving a will, I went to the solicitor with my sister and was advised that the process of probate would be quicker if just my sister applied as then they would only be waiting for her to sign forms. I have recently been made aware that she has had the deeds to the property changed into her name only, is this normal and can it be done without my consent?


    Our Response:

    Where there is no Will, the next of kin applies to become a “Personal Representative”. This means that she gets Grant of Representation and will administer the estate; pay of any debts owed by your dad’s estate then sell property etc so that the money can be divided between those who inherit under intestacy rules (you and your siblings). Ask her why she has changed the property deeds into her name (seek legal advice on this if necessary)

  444. angels – Your Question:

    My auntie passed away who was married but her husband passed away a few days before she did. They had no children and no will. Her sister is still alive (my mother) but they haven’t spoke for more than 10 years. I was the closest family member to my auntie always visiting and helping out and they always said they wanted everything to go to me (but nothing in writing). Will all there possessions go to my mother automatically or is there something I could do?


    Our Response:

    Yes if there is no Will, and there is no living spouse, no children or grandchildren and no living parents, the estate will be divided equally between their brothers and sisters (or their children if they have already died).

  445. The father of my children (we were never married, and estranged at his time of death) passed away in 2016. He was married to a Muslim lady who demanded he had a Muslim burial service. He hadn’t left a will, and my children were not only forced to watch him be buried from 20 years away & are refused any kind of headstone/plaque to go on the site of his grave but, the wife also took his belongings (including a boat he wanted to go to his children) and has left his children with nothing. His mother is still struggling with his death, as she nursed him in his final months before he went into a hospice, whilst the wife done nothing. She feels cheated with the refusal of a gravestone. I know that Paul not having left a will leaves our children in a poor position (he unfortunately wasn’t terribly clued up, and actually would probably be classed as a vulnerable adult nowadays) and so was manipulated by his wife and her close community, – but surely my children are entitled to some say. Any advice would be appreciated, I have two teenagers who are fighting mental health issues, largely stemming from this situation.

  446. Tash – Your Question:

    The father of my children (we were never married, and estranged at his time of death) passed away in 2016. He was married to a Muslim lady who demanded he had a Muslim burial service. He hadn’t left a will, and my children were not only forced to watch him be buried from 20 years away & are refused any kind of headstone/plaque to go on the site of his grave but, the wife also took his belongings (including a boat he wanted to go to his children) and has left his children with nothing. His mother is still struggling with his death, as she nursed him in his final months before he went into a hospice, whilst the wife done nothing. She feels cheated with the refusal of a gravestone. I know that Paul not having left a will leaves our children in a poor position (he unfortunately wasn’t terribly clued up, and actually would probably be classed as a vulnerable adult nowadays) and so was manipulated by his wife and her close community, – but surely my children are entitled to some say. Any advice would be appreciated, I have two teenagers who are fighting mental health issues, largely stemming from this situation.


    Our Response:

    You need to seek professional legal advice on this matter unfortunately. The children my be able to contest the Will if they were excluded from it.

  447. My deceased brother did not have a Will and I have started proceedings to get Probate. I understand that his estate will be shared between my other brother, myself and my deceased sister’s 3 children. Is the estate to be divided 3 ways or 5 ways?

  448. My grandad died without leaving a will and my mum his daughter is also deceased, my uncle assumes that all of my grandads assetts automatically becomes all his but should my mums half go to us her three daughters ??

  449. Hello. A few days ago a very close friend passed away. He was a single man with no relatives alive. None. He trusted me with his home when he was on vacation. We are not related by blood but friends for many years. I am the only person with a key to his house. I have no idea if a will has been made. How can I find documents in his house if I cannot enter his house without breaking an entering. I need to look for mortuary documents or will and testament. Please advise.

  450. Hello, I’m hoping to get some advice. My mom passed away and my dad is still alive but is moving to a small place so we need to distribute mom’s belongings amongst the family. The problem is that my mom and dad raised my sister’s children, the oldest niece was only 16 when mom was diagnosed with alziemers and at that time mom decided to give us 4 biological siblings something that she loved in the house and wanted us to have (We were all married and on our own at the time). The items we got were as follows : I received the antique sewing machine as she knew I admired It, my oldest sister was given the sewing box as she is the sewer in the family, my brother got my parents China set. Because my nieces and nefews were so young then it was agreed that we would pass the items on to them once the were older and once my mom passed away ( 11yrs later) we would sort through and anything dad didn’t want to keep we would include the older nieces and nephews and decide her things amongst everyone. Problem is my oldest niece that my parents raised is now mad that we were given those items 11years ago and wants a couple of them for herself, we offered her first pick of the few items left that mom loved such as collectibles and such but she has refused and now shut down and angry at us. I considered giving her the sewing machine so that it stops any conflict even though it means a lot to me . Any advice on what I should DO? Fyi I have no children and all my stuff including what I have from my mom is going to be passed on to the nieces and nephew that mom and dad raised. .

  451. My father who I have not seen in 17 years recently died unexpected, he lived with his parents. Me and my brother are his next of kin due to him not having a partner or being married, his belongings are in his parents house etc, we have no contact with his family as we do not get on. How do I go about getting his belongings, any money left.. as we don’t even no who he banked with. I have tried going through his sister but not having any response so now we are left not knowing how we can collect what he has left. Also he did not leave a will as far as we know.

  452. My son passed away unexpectedly he has a long term girlfriend and 2 young children there’s no will and no marriage she is sorting his funeral and not telling myself his mother or his brother and sister when funeral is who is my son’s next of kin

  453. My son recently died of cancer he is just over 18 and has aporx 6K split in two accounts. His mum and I are not together. The money is frozen in both accounts now. What happens next can mum apply for probate and take the funds or legally are they split between me and her. The money is irrelevant to me i just wish to donate it to charities is per my sons wish’s he told me before he died. thank you in advance for your answer

  454. my father is in ill health and wants to give me a large sum of money.£45,000.once i receive this money does my sister who has no contact with him or me have any claim if he passes away?

  455. Hi My mum died unexpectedly 5 months ago in hospital she had been living between my home and my sisters home with our family’s due to domestic abuse we risked our life’s to get her out of her home ?? she was 24 hours a day care it was so hard but it was the right thing to do we were devoted children. Her and our safety were high priority. She died in hospital care which now has come to light it was negligence. We were by her side every step of the way from her last months and her last hours in hospital. But she never had a will in place as she didn’t have anything. But she is still legally married ! Is there anything we can do because we want to get justice for our mum and what we have been put threw I’m not sure if he is the only one to be able to pursue this ? Please help with advice

  456. My grandma died with no will. She had nothing to leave but her share in the buisness which 2 out of her 3 children were part of. The 3rd son had no part in it and never contributed for over 50yr. Her son who had no share in the buisness died shortly after and also left no will. the solicitors had not had a chance to distribute her assets. Now his widow is claiming a third of her assets. Can she do this

  457. My mother died suddenly and her new husband of 1 year says her house and any assets are his, he says she didn’t have a will or life insurance but my mother always stated to me that if anything ever happened to her then myself and my brother would share half her house & assets, her new husband does not speak to me and I was a cohabitant in my mums house but he threw me out after she passed away, where do I stand in finding out if she did have a will or life insurance like she told me she had, seems very unfair that they were only married for 1 year but he walks away with everything, can someone tell me where I stand, she died nearly 2 years ago but I came across this page and wanted advice please

  458. My brother died recently in Ireland without making a will, it was our mothers home, there are five remaining sisters & two of our sisters are deceased, are my sisters siblings intitled to a share of the estate? The house is just worth over £200,000

  459. My partner has been living with me in my home for just under 5 years but recently passed away without making a will I am 63. My partner leaves a valuably portfolia including two cars, a house, shares and an occupational pension. We are not married he has no children and been widowed for 10 years. Three siblings with a total of 4 children are currently in line as heirs. I am living on benefits, disabled and find difficulty meeting my bills since his death. The family have ignored me basically and don’t want to know any more about my mere existance. Do I have any hope trying to fight for an inheritance as I am broken mentally, physically and fiancially straped?

  460. Hi Any chance you could give me advice. My grandfather passed away in December. He owned his house and had some money in his savings account. My Father is now the next in kin, but he had not spoken to my Grandfather for the last 10 years, My grandfather did not write a Will, so my father will get everything, even though my grandfather did not want this, Me and the for other grandchildren don’t think this is right, is there anything we can do?

  461. Hi When my mother and father became to unwell to look after themselves they went 50 50 with my brother and his wife on a bungalow with annex. My mother died, my brother died and my dad soon after leaving my sister in law still living there only. They put £150000 in each, my dad has £80000 in a bank account, I have been told there is no will from my dad. After checking the documents for the bungalow online it shows the owner as my brother only. As I now have to go into probate do I have to declare the £150000 my dad put into the property ?

  462. My X husband & I were married 9 years & blessed with 2 children. We’re were divorced and he remarried, for 35 yrs. He passed away 2 years ago. He always told OUR children, they wud be taken care off after his death & my daughter would get His Fathers car, which was a very large part, shared between my daughter & her father. The Step mother told my Children there was not a will or any insurance $$ to retain. She had 2 chdren from her previous marriage before my X & seem to let HER son be in controle. She being 20 years younger than my X, is receiving military & law inforcement benifits, although has more years before SS benifits. Nothing has been considered division of my X assets or for Items, everyone knows, was to be to our childrens, per his request. My daughter’s dads car, was His fathers, bought new and became the most important relation between her dad & her. He always informing ALL, SHE will get that car. His spouce, put both his van & this car up for sale, without even talking to my children. My daughter not having reliable tranportation, requested the car her father wanted her have. I Also requested to purchase Van for daughter. The step mother priced too high on both autos & not selling after 2 yrs, lowered price on van 75%, without telling any family. It sold. The Car, my daughter & her dad shared was priced way high, not valued. Without informing my daughter, the SPOUCE lowered price 80%. It has sold over the phone, waiting for perposed buyer to get, when my daughter was told. The price is what myself, my daughter or anyone CAN afford & if we knew price was lowered, it would be my daughters. I do know how important it is to her & was to her dad. The Step mom will not consider my daughters posession. Her father DID NOT leave a will, or as said, life insurance. My question, can my daughter legally claim car or purchase it? The $$ vurbely sold for, isnt worth value or the legacy between my daughter & her dad. . Not even wirth enough to sell for, no leans. She is hurt that the underhanded method of transaction has been so unfavorably conducted, without notifying my daughter, when her step mother & my daughter talk or text every day. May be greed or A controle problem. She always expected car & was told by dad. Did mot expect his passing or for the step mother leaving my kids out of all the settlement.

  463. Sister died last Sept her flat sold 22 nd March cash transaction from lawyer to my lawyer how long before I recieve my money

  464. My sister died last Sept her flat sold 22 nd March cash transaction from lawyer to my lawyer how long before settlement to myself

  465. My mother in law has just passed away. It seems that she has not made a will. She has been divorced from my father in law for 16 years. However we know that the divorce settlement she was left the house which she has lived in and paid the mortgage for the last 15 years. However we also know that my father in laws name is still on the mortgage. Does he have the right to take the house back? The value of the house is circa 650K and the outstanding mortgage is 309K. There is also a trust which has 110K and then some cash accounts value 100k along with land in Italy left to her by her mother when she passed away. There is also lots of expensive Jewellery and furniture in the house. Does he (my father in law) have any legal write over any of this , or will it be shared equally between my wife and brother in law?

  466. Hello, My father passed away in Dec 2018. He was married to his second wife and divorced from my mother. My father asked me to be co-executor and his his step-daughter. My father brought £40,000 into their marriage and they bought a house in 2002, but his name is not on the title deeds, only the wife. My father worked the whole time they were married until his retirement then he received a large pension. He told me there was a insurance policy on death and a pre-paid funeral plan. I am the beneficiary along with another sibling. The signature on the Will they produced looked nothing like my fathers signature. The Will said half of everything to my wife then after funeral costs the rest to me and my sibling, amounting to £1000 each. In 2017 my dad told me he created a new Will. I have hired a Will search company to locate this Will. The jointly owned house he had with my mother was sold in 2017 and my dad’s portion from that was £18,000. He told me that money will come to me and my sibling only. The day after my dad was buried the wife and her daughter said my dad was broke and had no money. His step-daughter cut me out of the Executor process, so I have no knowledge of what has happened. The step-daughter emailed me an abusive message, after I asked for a copy of the Will, as they initially refused to hand it over. My father lived in the house for 17 years and contributed towards bills etc. The wife is talking like if he lived there as a lodger. Is he not entitled to a share of the house? Secondly, the £18,000 was put in to his own bank account not a joint one. The wife has lied and said the money was put into a joint account, she has transferred the money, closed the account and stated it was put into a joint account with joint names. Can I not pursue this matter also? Thank you in advance.

  467. Hi, I recently took a DNA test and found out who my biological father is. Unfortunately he died in 2009. He was divorced at the time if his death. He did not leave a will. I have a half brother ( who was born in his marriage; I was illegitimate). My brother was ” gifted” a house from my father and he inherited all of his possessions after his death as my father did not leave a will. Where do I stand legally? Thank you Rixi

  468. my dad passed away leaving no will, he did give spoken instructions on a few things he wanted doing, now after the funeral his widow is refusing to do what he asked, one of the things is to pass a ring to me to be passed to my son later even tho everyone know what he wanted doing and have asked her to fulfil his wishes she wont,

  469. My brother in law has recently died. He was single and still lived at home with his parents. Does my husband need to apply for probate? He had a minimum wage job so not a lot of money, no house or flat but he did own a motorbike.

  470. So sad reading through these. Some one dies NO WIll . NO WAY. Why the greed gets the better of ppl and why these ppl fall out with there once were close familys over such stuf. Yeah its nice to have nice things and its even nicer to live comfortable. BUT i must say the best times on my life have been when i have been brassic broke not a pot to piss in.

  471. Hi my mother just died i am an only child only had my mum. Who lived with her partner for 35 years how would my mothers assets be sorted what would i be entitled to.

  472. Mum passed away Sept 2018 she had Dementia but died of pancreatic cancer.She left no will and her estate totaled £39.000. Solicitor was appointed according to Scottish law and I am the eldest and was nominated executor . The remainder after legal fees and debts paid was share between us…… Now I have been told there was a will at a solicitor ( not local) what happens now

  473. My Mother passed away leaving stepfather everything she owned in hand written will, stepfather passed away giving me everything he owned in self drawn up will, I want to donate property given to me for 2 of my children now, not in my will, can I donate the property with out the including other children

  474. /hi /my friend is n sticky situation. Her father dies in 2018 leaving no will. Her brother died in 2016.My friend has no children but her brother does.Who inherits the estate?

  475. I am privating renting a house in my name my uncle moved in and with him furniture of his own he sadly passed away do his other kids have the right to sell them in the house i rent

  476. Good morning I know Someone who’s mum lived with her partner.’ She passed away leaving no will but she had her own bank account ,her partner as kept all the money from her account ,is this right we don’t know if the account is frozen now how does she find out if it was just her mums accounts and not joint. She’s had letters from dwp about if there’s overpayment it needs to be paid back . She’s in such a state as her mums partner isn’t letting know her mums bank account any advice would be much appreciated

  477. Hello my partner died ,we wasn’t married and she made no will,and we have a boy aged 3 ,who can set up a trust for him until he is a adult ,does her mother have the decision on what to do with her daughters money .and What rights does the dad have ?.

  478. My mom passed away June 2nd 2019 she had no will, my sister’s name is on the deed because of a loan that they were paying back. So what I want to know does the house and land and all her assets go to the eight of us

  479. My husband has one sister & him & his sister are in him mothers will to inherit equally when she passes away. If my husband passes away before his mother does his share go to his sister or me?

  480. Sir kindly a m looking for unclaimed properrty to claim as a next of kin to share as partners if no heirs to claim

  481. My father passed away on 7/9 I went through probate with his will. Before the money could be given to his 6 children the son passed away 9/28. My brother had no will or estate, he had nothing. He was separated from his wife for 10 years or so. Who gets his share of the money? Do I the 2 adult kids get it? Does the wife get it? Or do the 3 of them share it?

  482. What should I do my father only has a few weeks with us doctor stated him incompetent in palliative care I am being told by my sister and other family members I can’t go in his home was going to bring photos to hear remember when’s told I can’t go in I have key and security code that dad gave me over twenty years ago she told me I can be charged with theft even though I wasn’t taking something for myself and was going to bring back she lives out of town are they right should I trust her do I get myself a lawyer she keeps telling me to trust her I am now wondering do I trust anyone any insight on this will be greatly appreciated also dad never made a will never appointed power of attorney executor nothing

  483. My father as died leaving me his house and all belongings, thers only me his daughter im an only child, my dad did not make a will so it as gone to probate, but solicitor says it will be straight forward because thers only me. Im looking after his house now and sleeping ther with intention to move in soon as. But is it ok to have central heating put in before its actually signed over to me. Or do i need to wait before doing any jobs.

  484. My Father passed away 10/08/19 from end stage aterial disease, he has a wife who he was separated from for nearly 7 years. She said she would sign property over to me so I could deal with the selling of my fathers property and would award her funds and divide the rest between his 9 surviving children which they agreed when he was alive. He purchased the property with compensation money he received after being mis-diagnosed and which led to the amputation of his leg. My farther’s estranged wife has since refused to sign any paperwork to renounce the property and changed her mind, removed my fathers name from the land registry and has sold property which completes Friday. Is there any way apart from going to court and racking up legal fees (aswell potentially having to pay her legal fees if I am unsuccessful) that I can address this with the aim of the funds from the property being split between myself and my 8 siblings. I must add 2 of my youngest siblings are in care, 2 are living with the grandmother my dad’s estranged wife has not had care of her children for some nearly 2 years and has taken this opportunity to capitalize on the death of my father.

  485. My dad died a few yrs back unexpectedly I don’t think there’s a will but my step mum wouldn’t want me and my sister to get a penny which my dad did I say when he dies half the house goes to my step mum and other half split between his 3daughters my step mum has a daughter with my dad and me and my sister are from his first marriage are we entitled to anything as my stepmom will make sure we don’t get a penny and her and my step sister get the lot I don’t know wat to do. My step mum knows myself and my sister struggle but she’s spiteful and wil do anything to stop us getting a penny

  486. Hi my uncle recently passed away, his estate is being divided to his siblings one of which my father died recently also. So his share is passed on to myself and my brother, my brother has recently passed also but has children. Does my brothers share go to his children or does it stop with me, I would obviously like them to have something but unsure as to how it legally works.

  487. my dad has past away. He was half way through doing will, but never signed it. I spoke to his account. He wants the house sold and split 30% for me, my sister, his partner and 10% for my nephew. I’m all fine with that. Only his name is on the house deed and he didnt live with his partner. But i know my sister won’t let go of the house and move in..she can’t afford a mortgage. I want to do what my dad wanted. I’m the eldest my dad wasn’t married to his partner. Want to do what he wanted. I just don’t know how to do it and spare us all from the heart ache.

  488. My dad died last month. In a care home. His dying wishes were to be cremated and ashes scattered on his mum grave this was a written dying wish and witnessed by care home and his brother. However his estranged wife who was now living with another man ama didn’t visit him for months .. upon my dads death has claimed any money he had and said she alone will have his ashes after cremation and scatter them in the garden. This is the home where he was physically abused by her .. social services along with the police manger to get a protection order on him so that in the event she did visit care home a staff member would be present. She is denying my dad his last dying wish just to spite his blood family .. funeral Director said she is the client so nothing they can do .. any one got any advice .. he gets cremated next week

  489. Hi, my sister has died alone in her house. She left an unsigned note leaving her house to my three children and my brothers two children. We have all her bank details and deeds to the house but need to take this further. She was once married but that was 1982 and didn’t last long. What were desperate to find out is was she divorced and also is he still alive. I have been online umpteen times but they all seem to require a lot of detail than l have on the husband. HELP. please

  490. I just found out my civil partner & of friend passed away in January but I never checked what bank he used & if it was more than 1 he would & might have used…

  491. My father is passing away at any moment now he made my brother Power of attorney now my dad has over $100,000 in the bank and that money keeps growing they’re not spending a lot of money on nurses as my brothers wife is taking care of my father so hardly any money is taken out of my dad’s account now my question is if my dad does not have a will which my brother says he does not does my brother have to split all the money between me and my sister and if he doesn’t share or be equal about it how do you go about making it right

  492. My dad just died on 10~17~20 and his ex girlfriend took possession of his house key and keys to the 2 trucks he owns. He just bought a 2012 truck the day he had a stroke and was transported to the hospital she took it all of his possessions including his wallet that contained his ID, social security card, and debit card to his checking account. I am his only child so what are my rights and my dad had no will I’m just wondering did I inheritate all of my dad’s assets and what do I need to be able to get all of his assets.

  493. My father passed away Oct 13th 2019 and he had no will his house went into foreclosure there is no personal representative or Executor, there is now surplus funds left over from his house who gets that money

  494. My Brother passed away in July 2020 after and accident, he has no will and was not married to his long term partner. He has three children all now adults) from a previous relationship and marriage. I am trying to ensure his insurance is paid equally to the children but all three of them only have mini birth certificates (i.e. no parents are named on them. However two of them are married and have their fathers name on the marriage certificate. Sadly the eldest is not married so applied for a full birth certificate again her Dads name is not on the certificate. How can we evidence that my brother was her father, we all know it to be a fact but the insurance require evidence?

  495. Hi my grandma is going to a care home after breaking her hip, she doesn’t have any property and has no will , as we thought mum being the only sibling that she would be next of kin , but what we have been reading up, mum has no entitlement with the money side of things, grandma does have a bit off money in the bank, she is very confused at the moment, but said she wants mum to be power of attorney, just with her condition now , we don’t know where my mum stands and with covid going on this is making it harder for us to get someone to come to the care home ( were I work btw) to be a witness, we are so upset and confused

  496. Hi, Basically my nan passed away when I was about 8 years old I’m not 20 my grandad passed away roughly about 4 years ago. He met a lady who he never married or got engaged to, however he was with her for about 6 years. She sold the house and checked all the things out of the house after saying to my mum she could go round and get things if she wanted to, they arranged a date and by then the stuff had already gone out the house (after the funeral)… the funeral was all about my grandads years with her and not my nan… he didn’t leave a will. But always said if he passes away he wanted us to scatter his ashes where he used to like going. But that’s the issue, his partner has got his ashes and havent heard off her since he passed away and she chucked all the things out the house. Where do I stand?

  497. My brother died. My niece is his next of kin. He lived with his girlfriend and she won’t let my niece have any of my brothers possessions. He rented his property with his girlfriend and she now holds the tenancy agreement. How can my niece get my brothers possessions? What do we need to do?

  498. I have a credit card that went to collections. I paid it off over time in full even after they offered me to pay at lower amount – interest. On my credit report it shows negatively, I did all I could to get it off  but shows the failure to pay originally … I paid it in full and feeling like I’m stuck with the negativity on my report despite my efforts to pay all that I owed. All loans I applied for was turned down, to whole situation got worse when I wanted to buy a house and I was still not approved all due to my credit history. I was so furious and wanted to get solution to this luckily for me I got a solution when I contact tom.lawrence114 at g mail com after I watched a Youtube video and how he had helped people got out of credit issues. He explained the whole process and in few days he helped me removed every collections, negative items on my credit history What amazes me was how fast he got me out of this mess and got approved of the house afterwards. I’m having the best and comfort of my life thanks Tom

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