From 6 February 2020, spouses or civil partners with children will be able to inherit £270,000 from intestate estates.

At least every five years, the government raises the amount partners can inherit in line with the consumer price index.

In October 2014, the amount was set at £250,000 and will be increased to £270,000 from 6 February 2020. This update was originally due in October 2019.

The Law Society welcomes this news.