Inheritance & the family
Our research fed into the Law Commission’s review of the law on inheritance.
Our Inheritance and the family study looked at people’s attitudes to how the law handles inheritance matters when someone dies without having made a will.
Our research informed the Law Commission's publication of a draft Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill, which has now been accepted by the government, and the publication of a draft Inheritance (Cohabitants) Bill.
Despite the fact that the family structure has changed massively over the last century, when a person dies without having made a will, their estate is divided according to the provisions of laws dating back to 1975 and 1925.
The quantitative and qualitative research we did revealed strong support for cohabitants of those who had died, without making a will, being included in the rules.
We also found strong support for the interests of children from the deceased’s current and former relationships being recognised by the intestacy rules.