According to a recent report, between 2008 to 2018, there was a 25.8% increase in cohabiting couple families.
Only marriage or civil partnerships give legal rights to partners. Therefore, it’s important for those cohabiting or living alone to ensure they have an up-to-date and valid Will to protect their loved ones. If someone dies without a Will, the estate would be distributed following the rules of intestacy and those closest to the deceased may not necessarily inherit.
For example, if someone in a cohabiting couple was to die, their partner would not be entitled to inherit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Scotland, the Family Law Act 2006 introduced some rights for cohabiting couples, such as allowing the surviving partner to make an application to the court for provision on intestacy. However, it still does not give cohabiting couples the same rights as married couples or those in a civil partnership.
An up-to-date Will which makes provisions for a long-term partner is the best way to negate the requirement for marriage or a civil partnership in order to look after a partner after death. By creating a Will, individuals can ensure their wishes are heard and their estate goes to their chosen beneficiaries.
Wills should also be reviewed regularly to ensure that any major life changes are accounted for and properly dealt with.
Muxloe Wills can help with a first Will or a review to help you decide if you need a new Will. To discuss your needs or to arrange a no obligation appointment please call David Boon on 0116 239 2409.