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The onus rests squarely on the shoulders of cohabiting couples to protect themselves because they will find no help from the law

26 November 2015

The late twentieth and early twenty-first century has seen the dramatic rise in unmarried couples living together in a long-term relationship. Marriage is seen by many as an outdated institution that is no longer relevant in today's society. However, there is an area where being married can have a huge financial impact, and this is upon death.

On death, the rights of unmarried partners are completely at odds with those of a married spouse
or civil partner (spouse hereafter refers to either).
A married spouse is entitled under the intestacy rules to the deceased's entire estate if there are no children. A spouse has the highest rights to provision from an estate in an Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim.

They are entitled to 'provision as it would be reasonable in all the circumstances of the case for a husband or wife to receiv...

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