This Intestacy Rules
This flowchart shows what happens to your estate on your death should you not have made a Will or if the Will you did Make can’t be found. Making a Will is always important, but if you live with a partner and are not married or in a Civil partnership the law of England & Wales does not recognise your partner as having any entitlement to inherit your estate.
This means you partner and in may cases your children may need to make an application through the courts, a long and costly affair, in order to receive anything from your estate. It would be far better to take some time now to ensure your loved ones are taken care of should the unexpected happen.