According to David Corser, partner and head of wills and probate with Challinors Lyon Clark, to die intestate
is to leave a trail of potential misery, conflict and often avoidable tax bills.
Mr McClintock, aged 79, formerly of Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, but living in East Dene, Eastbourne, said he always believed his brother wanted to die intestate
soeverything would be split equally between his siblings.
And, more often than not, the statutory distribution process, known as intestate
distribution, will differ greatly from your wishes.
Mr McClintock claims his brother always planned to die intestate
, and would never have disinherited the rest of his family, who will share the fortune if Judge George Bompas QC finds in his favour.
The retired businessman, who has spent 'every penny' of his savings on bringing the case because he cannot get legal aid, said he believed it was his brother's wish to die intestate
If you die intestate
(without a will) the allocation of your hard-earned estate may throw up a few nasty surprises.
The judge said it was clear that if that document was not valid then Mr Dabbs - whose estate is said to be valued at between pounds 1 million and pounds 2 million - would have died intestate
and the siblings would be entitled to his estate "he having been twice widowed and not having had any children".
net is aware of the difficulties dying intestate
But if you don't leave a will, which is called dying intestate
, a strict set of rules decides who gets what.
It means that, while spouses or civil partners will become the main beneficiary when no will has been made, children as well as relatives including siblings and parents, may no longer inherit as much from someone who dies intestate
- without making a valid will - or may lose out altogether.
Majority of civil law jurisdictions recognize two major methods of inheritance upon death: by the will (a testate succession) and by operation of law (an intestate
A staggering two-thirds of us don't make a will and last year the Treasury gained a whopping PS253 million from people who had died intestate
(without a will).