Dying without a Will, known as dying intestate, means your estate will be allocated in a specific sequence after settling any debts and liabilities:

Your spouse or civil partner receives “Prior Rights,” including ownership interests in the family home (if they live there) up to £473,000, household furnishings up to £29,000, and either £50,000 (if you have children) or £89,000 (if you have no children) in cash. Separation doesn’t disqualify a spouse or civil partner from these rights, but they won’t inherit the home if they aren’t living there.

After Prior Rights, any remaining estate is subject to Legal Rights, where your spouse/civil partner and children are entitled to portions of your moveable estate. The distribution varies depending on whether you leave behind children, a spouse, or both.

Any remaining estate is allocated according to the Succession (Scotland) Act’s hierarchy, potentially benefiting your parents and siblings.