Intestacy and Sharia wills
Intestacy (which means you die without making a will)
Where the deceased leaves no children, the residuary estate will pass to the deceased’s spouse/civil partner absolutely. Where there are children, the surviving spouse or civil partner will take half of the residue absolutely instead of, as previously, taking a life interest in half.
The definition of personal chattels is amended to cover all tangible moveable property except for :
• property which consists of money or security for money, or
• property that, at the death of the intestate, was used solely or mainly for business purposes or was held solely as investment.
The old definition of chattels may still apply where a will was executed before 1 October 2014
The statutory legacy remains at £250,000
New provisions ensure that children will not lose their claim to inheritance from an intestate parent if they were adopted after the death of a parent.
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If you have intestacy problems or want to make a will get expert advice early. Solicitors and lawyers often give fixed fees. Avoid the Internet packages whether is no personal contact the lawyer.
The Law Society guidance was designed to assist solicitors working with clients who wished to draw up wills in accordance with Islamic Sharia law. But it attracted criticism, with claims that it concerned theological matters, and supported an alternative legal system which threatened the principle of equality before English law.
Now the Law Society has withdrawn the original guidance, considering it a mistake