If you die without having made a Will (known as 'dying intestate') the State will decide what happens to all your assets (your property, belongings and money) in accordance with what are known as 'intestacy rules'. These rules determine which of your living relatives will be the beneficiaries (i.e. inherit your assets) in order of their relationship to you.
If you are married or in a civil partnership when you die, your spouse/civil partner will have priority and be the main beneficiary of your estate as long as they survive you by 28 days. However, if you are not married/in a civil partnership or have no surviving spouse/civil partner, the order of priority to inherit your assets will broadly be:
Dying without a Will means there are no clear instructions about how you want your assets to be distributed, which can make things difficult for your surviving family. Making a Will today and regularly updating it will ensure your loved ones are provided for in line with your wishes.