Cohabitant entitled to slice of partner’s £1.5m estate, judge rules
Posted by JadeEatherton - April 10 2018
This case highlights the importance of not only seeking professional legal advice in making a will, but also when seeking to cohabit with your partner. This case is interesting in that a cohabitee, who does not have any legal rights to their partner’s estate, has been granted financial provision. It should be noted, however, that in this case the couple had been together for 42 years and the Claimant had been financially dependent on her late partner. There were no children and the intended beneficiaries were tenants and friends. It is possible that this ruling would have been very different, if there were children involved and the Claimant may have been awarded the usual life interest in the property, instead of the outright transfer of the cottage. Nevertheless, it draws attention to the issue of succession planning and risks of cohabiting.
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