If your Uncle or Aunt has died without a will, it is of course important to double check that no will was left. the best places to check are local solicitors, banks or building societies or even the will search company called Certtainty.
If no will can be found then your Uncle’s estate will be subject to the Intestacy rules.
The intestacy rules set out an order of entitlement, confirming who can administer the estate as well as who can inherit the estate. If your Uncle’s wife has died, and had no Children or surviving Brothers or Sisters, then his estate will pass in equal share to the surviving nephews and nieces, in proportion to their deceased parents share. The person appointed to deal with the estate will be known as the administrator while the legal document required to administer the estate will be called the Grant of letters of administration.
When dealing with an intestate estate great care should always be required – if you need help call us on 0845 568 4000 – or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org we act for clients across the UK and specialise in handling intestate estates when there is no will.