If you are living together in a committed relationship, but not married or in a civil partnership, your lack of a will could have the most serious outcomes in the event of your death for the person you may consider to be your next of kin. The issue is that, in the eyes of the law, they are far from being your next of kin. Even quite distant relatives are legally perceived as closer to you. More eligible ‘bona fide’ heirs to whatever you leave behind.
You might have been together for years, through thick and thin. But, should you pass away without leaving a watertight set of instructions, your partner could wind up with less than nothing. To the extent of losing their home. This is the harsh reality if you don’t have a joint mortgage or rental agreement.
You might not be a jet setter with lavish homes and millions in the bank to bequeath to your partner and family members in your will. But you surely want your wishes to be respected and upheld when you are no longer around to dictate who is entitled to what. That’s exactly what a will is and does. It equates to the ways you are saying things must be done when you are no longer alive to have the conversation in person.
If you’ve not laid down the law on paper, the law will do it for you, in its own way. Which may not be yours in terms of lack of recognition of your common-law partner, no matter how long you have been two halves of a couple together. This is the order of inheritance in the eyes of the law –
- Your husband, wife or civil partner
- Your children (if your spouse is not still living)
- Your parents (if your spouse and children are not still living)
- Your siblings (if your spouse, children and parents are not still living)
- Your grandparents (if your spouse, children, parents and siblings are not still living)
- Your aunts, uncles and then cousins (if your spouse, children, parents, siblings and grandparents are not still living)
No mention of your ‘other half’. Even if you have children together, they would be your automatic heirs, whilst potentially leaving the other parent, your partner, homeless and penniless. Even your cousin in Australia you’ve not seen for 25 years is legally more of your next of kin that your common-law partner.
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Online will-writing services are currently in exceptionally high demand due to the coronavirus crisis. It’s acting as a serious deterrent against the prospect of dying intestate. One of the bands of the UK population reacting in volume, are co-habiting or common-law couples, whichever term you use. According to the Office for National Statistics, there are somewhere in the realms of five million pairs of you across the country, to put it into perspective.
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