The government has increased the “statutory legacy” for partners of people who die intestate from £250,000 to £270,000.

If someone dies without a will – also known as dying intestate – the law determines how much of the estate their partner, children and other relatives will inherit. Under current intestacy rules, if there are no children, the partner will inherit the entire estate. If there are children, partners will inherit all of the deceased’s personal property, the first £250,000 (soon to be £270,000) of the estate and half of the remaining estate – the other half then going to their children.

The government had said it would raise the amount partners can inherit, in line with the consumer price index, every five years.

The amount was set at £250,000 in October 2014 and will be increased to £270,000 from 6 February this year; slightly beyond the initial deadline.

Commenting on the imminent rise, Law Society President Simon Davies stressed the importance of people making a will.

He said: “This increase is very welcome, but many people are unaware that under intestacy laws, unmarried partners and close friends cannot inherit.

“Writing a legally valid will with the help of an expert solicitor ensures people’s estate is inherited exactly as they would choose and can prevent a whole raft of problems landing on loved ones when they are grieving.”