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Spouses and civil partners to inherit more from intestate estates

From 6 February 2020 spouses or civil partners with children will be able to inherit £270,000 from intestate estates. The increase, from £250,000, has been welcomed by the Law Society of England and Wales. The president Simon Davis added:

"Many people are unaware that under intestacy laws, unmarried partners and close friends cannot inherit.

"Writing a legally valid will with the help of an expert solicitor ensures people's estate is inherited exactly as they would choose and can prevent a whole raft of problems landing on loved ones when they are grieving."

The increase has been effected by the Administration of Estates Act 1925 (Fixed Net Sum) Order 2020.