When someone dies without leaving a valid will, their estate must be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules. This is known as a total intestacy.
If the person left a valid will but the will fails to dispose of the whole estate, the part of the estate that has not been dealt with by the will must be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules. This situation is known as a partial intestacy.
The following flowchart explains who is entitled to benefit from an intestate estate or you can click here to download irt.