- Brian SloanBrian SloanCollege Lecturer in Law, Robinson College, University of Cambridge
This chapter deals with the law of intestacy. The first section consists of an introduction to intestacy, dealing with the basic terms and rules, the incidence of intestacy, and the evolution and theoretical basis of the law. The second section gives a more detailed account of the current law. Considerable reference is made to relevant work of the Law Commission, particularly Intestacy and Family Provision Claims on Death (Law Com. No. 331, 2011), which was preceded by Consultation Paper 191 (2009) and sought to modernize the law of intestacy in light of contemporary social conditions. The Commission’s suggestions were largely enacted in the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014.