Law changes to affect those who die intestate

It has been reported that widows and widowers whose life partner dies without writing a will are set a larger inheritance payout.

Form next month, those whose spouses have passed away without writing a will see the amount left automatically to them change from £125,000 to £250,000 where there are children, according to the Times.

Where there are no children this will change from £200,000 to £450,000.

The news provider reports that experts have backed the change but warned that it is still vitally important to write a will - particularly for unmarried couples or those who are estranged but not divorced.

Speaking to the Times, a spokeswoman for More Than Legal Services, said: "If your circumstances have changed, it is important that you make or update a will to ensure that your money and possessions are distributed according to your wishes."

In 2003, the Telegraph reported how a £50 million fortune left by the Shah of Iran's second wife to her sibling was passed to the state in Germany after he died a week later without writing a will.

Published on: January 29, 2009

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