The draft Bill includes reforms that will:
- Make provision to ensure that assets will pass to the surviving spouse or civil partner on intestacy where there are no children
- Simplify the current rules regarding the distribution of assets when a person dies intestate, leaving a spouse and children
- Amend the statutory rules to allow trustees to use income and capital for the benefit of trust beneficiaries
- Allow a family provision claim to be made against the estate of a person who was domiciled outside England and Wales, but who died with assets here, in certain circumstances.
The reforms are long overdue and it is to be hoped that the proposed reforms will be widely accepted and become legislation with little dispute.