Contrary to what many people think if someone dies without a valid Will, the assets of the person do not go to the Government.
Rather they are distributed under a strict regime – the Administration Act. While in some situations the proscribed distribution may not be hugely different from what the person may have actually wanted, this isn’t always the case. The person may have wanted to acknowledge a particular contribution of one family member over another. Also sentimental reasons may mean that particular items would have been given to particular people. Valued Charities will be overlooked and the person’s wishes may not unfortunately be honoured by the beneficiaries.