Legal Eagle Q & A: Is it only marriage that means money in the event of death?

May 15, 2018 by Melinda @ Giles Wilson


Question: I have been with my partner for 10 years and understand that that he will be treated the same as a spouse or civil partner when I die, is this right?

Answer: No, this is a “legal myth”.  An unmarried partner, even a cohabitee, does not automatically get the same treatment as a married spouse or civil partner. They could potentially make a claim against your estate i.e. as someone who lived with you “like a husband/wife”, but this would be a costly and much more stressful route for them and it is important therefore instead to ensure you provide for them by putting a Will in place  

This article is by Melinda Giles at Giles Wilson Solicitors.  
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