For married couples with no children the entire estate (after the payment of funeral expenses, tax and debts) is distributed as follows:
ο The surviving spouse gets a “statutory legacy” of the first £450,000 from the estate plus goods and all personal chattels.
ο The surviving spouse also gets half of the remainder of the estate.
ο The other half of the remainder is distributed to the deceased’s parents. If neither parent survives, the estate then goes to the deceased’s brothers and sisters and, if any of the brothers and sisters have died, to their children.
ο If none of the above are alive to inherit, the surviving spouse gets everything.