We received 33 responses to the consultation: “Administration of Estates - Review of the Statutory Legacy” (CP 11/05). We published the post-consultation report in August 2008 (CP(R) 11/05). As a result of the consultation, we increased the statutory legacy from £125,000 to £250,000 where the deceased leaves a surviving spouse or civil partner and children and from £200,000 to £450,000 where the deceased leaves a surviving spouse or civil partner and parents or siblings, but no children. These changes were implemented on 1 February 2009.
The consultation paper also sought views on whether there should be a review of the general law of intestacy. Following the response, this topic was referred to the Law Commission, which published a consultation paper: Intestacy and Family Provision Claims on Death (Law Com CP No. 191) in October 2009. The Commission expects to report in 2011.
Since the publication of the response, I have not received any representations that specifically relate to the consultation paper.