Case Studies (Wills)

Co-Habitees

Did you know that if you live with someone but aren’t married or in a civil partnership, your partner won’t have any automatic rights to inherit your estate if you pass away…….

Mr B and Miss C livedservice-inheritance together in Mr B’s house.  They weren’t married and did not have any children either together or of their own.  Mr B passed away very suddenly after a short illness.   Mr B did not leave a will and therefore the law meant his estate passed to his parents upon his death.  Miss C did not have an easy relationship with Mr B’s parents and they very quickly asked her to leave her home as they wished to sell it. Miss C would have been able to bring a claim against Mr B’s estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 but she did not wish to do this as she was too distraught at having lost her partner and did not feel up to an argument with Mr B’s parents.

Had Mr B had made a simple will leaving his estate to his partner, Miss C would have avoided losing her home.

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