I have been living with my partner for 10 years now, surely they will be classed as my common-law husband/wife and automatically inherit my estate?

Year Published: 2015

The rules of intestacy do not apply to cohabitees. If your partner was financially dependant upon you, they will have to make a claim against your estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 which could be costly and cause problems within the family.


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