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Cohabitants Beware – what happens if you die without a Will and are not married?

The concept of “common law Spouse” is not recognised in law. It is a common misconception that if you die without a Will then your partner will be entitled to something from your Estate. If you die without a Will then the Deceased’s Estate is governed by the Intestacy Laws. These are set down in the Administration of Estates Act 1925 and recently updated...

Co-Habitation Rights Bill and what it means for couples who live together

Are you living with your partner but you are not married to each other? Do you believe that should your relationship breakdown you would be in the same position financially as a married couple? Do you believe that if your partner were to pre decease you then you would be entitled to benefit from their estate on death or receive their pension? A large proportion...

Cohabitation: The Facts and the Current Law

On 9th October 2013 the Cohabitation Bill was due for its first reading in the House of Lords. The Bill is described as  ‘a Bill to make provision for certain protections for people who live together as a couple or who have lived together as a couple, and to make provision about the property of deceased persons who are survived by a cohabitant, and for...