Regardless of your relationship status (whether you are single, engaged, married, in a civil partnership, cohabiting, separated or divorced) you should ensure that you have a valid Will in place that accurately reflects your wishes. The law relating to married couples and civil partners on death is different to that of cohabiting couples. A failure to make a valid Will could lead to a very difficult financial outcome in the distressing event of the death of a partner.
Inheritance disputes are notoriously difficult, long lasting and expensive; they should be avoided if at all possible and a key part of doing this is ensuring there is a well-drafted and appropriate Will in place.
For more information please contact Raworths’ Trusts, Wills & Estates team.