Thanks for your reply.
If he does not have a Will then his estate would pass under the intestacy rules.
In the case of a married person with children then his estate would be split as follows:-
His personal possession and the first £250, 000.00 of his estate would go to his wife.
Any amount of £250, 000.00 would be split in two. The first half would pass automatically to the children in equal shares. The second half would be held on trust for the children with his wife having a life interest, which means that the wife is entitled to the income from the amount until she herself passes away. Once she has passed away the amount then passes to the children in equal shares.
If you google "intestacy rules" then you will see that the above is correct.
The house would be included in his estate, as would any other assets held in his sole name.
If this is not what is desired then he should execute a Will. However, because he is near to passing away it would be a good idea to have it witnessed by independent witnesses, preferably reliable professional persons who should also have a conversation with him to establish that he has the requisite mental capacity (ie. he understands the implications of the decisions he is making) to execute a Will.
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