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Generally, if Father had not made a Will, his Estate gets divided in accordance with the strict Intestacy Rules. These rules state that in this case, the Estate is divided as follows-
Wife receives the first £250,000 and all personal possessions.
The remainder of the estate will be shared as follows:
Therefore, on the basis that Father did leave £600,000 in his sole name, then his Son is certainly entitled to a share as per the above.
Furthermore, whether or not a deceased left a will, certain family members and dependants may apply to court for reasonable financial provision from the estate, under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 ("the 1975 Act"). This is often referred to as a claim for family provision.
The intestacy rules must strive to reflect the needs and expectations of modern families. Where the rules (or the deceased's will) fail to make adequate provision for close family members or dependants, a claim can be made by the partner/family member under the Act.
The son should therefore take legal advice just as soon as possible concerning the above, as any claim does need to be made quickly.
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