If someone dies without leaving a Will

If someone dies and has not left a Will they are said to have died “Intestate”.  In these circumstances the estate must be distributed according to the laws of intestacy – which may not be what you want.

For example:
Bob aged 19 years was brought up by his mother, a sole parent.  His father left him and his mother before Bob was a year old.  They think his father lives in Queensland.  Bob lives at home with his mother and is employed as a carpenter.  Bob is working on a building site when he has an accident and dies.  Bob never made a Will and has no wife or children or even a girlfriend.  Under the laws of intestacy his parents receive his property in equal shares.  His Workers Compensation payout is approximately $480,000 which will be paid to his estate and his father will receive half.  This is not what Bob would have wanted.

It is very important you have a valid Will in place – even when you have minimal assets.

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