The statutory legacy amount due to a surviving spouse or civil partner when an individual has died intestate has been increased for the first time in over 5 years.

The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 provides that when a spouse or civil partner dies without a will, the whole estate passes to their surviving spouse/civil partner if there are no children or descendants.

Links to our useful guides:

IHT: estate planning checklist

Giving your home to your children

Deed of variation