If there is ahouse, or assets over £20,000, it doesn't matter whether there is a will or not,the estate was go to probate. If there is a will, and obviously the estate isdealt with in accordance with the will, but if there is no will then the estateis dealt with under the rules of intestacy which are here.
if you go to the sixth box down you will see that if thedeceased left no spouse or children then the estate goes to Brothersand sisters of the whole blood in equal shares.If there are no brothers or sisters of the whole blood, then to brothers andsisters of the half blood in equal shares.
Your mother therefore is only a half bloodrelative as she had a different father to your uncle and therefore your auntinherits as she has the same mother and father as your uncle where is yourmother had a different father from your uncle. If you did not have an aunt,then your mother would inherit.
If your aunt had died, then her childrenwould get her share.
I appreciate that is not the answer youwanted but I have have a duty to advise you honestly and you can see the rulesof intestacy in writing from another firm of solicitors
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