Dying without a will means that your wishes for who you would like to leave your estate (property, personal possessions and money) to can’t be guaranteed.
If you die without a will, this is known as dying intestate. When someone dies intestate, it often takes much longer to deal with the estate and it can also be complicated. There are strict rules known as intestacy rules, which set out who should deal with the deceased’s affairs and who should inherit their estate. This may mean that the people who inherit the estate aren’t the people you would have chosen.