This has to be one of the most common myths that I see as a Will Writer. “My partner will get everything any, I don’t need to write a will”. In this case, I always ask whether they are married and typically get the answer “no, but we live together and share everything”…
When we investigate what this means and apply the law as it stands we often see a situation like this:
- Under the laws of intestacy, unmarried partners won’t inherit.
- If you own your home in your sole name and you pass away without a Will, then your live in partner won’t automatically inherit your home.
- If you have a Will and then marry, your Will is no longer valid because marriage revokes a Will.
If you live with your partner and you want them to inherit if something happens to you, then you should write a Will.
It is possible to gift a share in your house to your partner during your lifetime and we can help with this.
If you are planning on getting married, we can write Wills and draft in a special clause which won’t invalidate your Will.
Advice from a professional is always advisable. People commonly think that they have a simple estate and ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’.
If you would like to discuss your estate planning with a FREE consultation or to book an appointment to write your Will, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.