According to recently published statistics the number of people in the UK dying intestate (without having made a Will) is falling.
Between 1997 and 2006 the rate of intestate estates remained steady, with between 60% to 65% of people dying without Wills. However, since 2007 the level of intestacies has fallen. Roughly 54% of people dying in 2009 had not made a Will.
This trend reflects the fact that more people are now making Wills. However the number of intestacies in the UK remains very high, leading to disputes and claims arising.
Interestingly, there is a significant variation between the sexes, with women being much more likely to make a Will than men.
If you require legal advice in respect of an intestate estate or wish to pursue an inheritance claim against an intestate estate then call our specialist inheritance team on 0808 139 1599.