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Marriage vs living together: your rights

Posted on: June 21st, 2023

It may come as a surprise to learn that there are differences in how inheritance laws apply to married couples and those who are living together. If a person dies without a will (known as dying intestate), the rules of intestacy will determine who inherits their assets. In the case of married couples, the surviving spouse will typically inherit the majority of the estate, with any remaining assets being distributed among children or other relatives. However, in the case of common law couples, the surviving partner has no automatic right to inherit and may need to go through the courts to make a claim on the estate. It's really important therefore, to make sure a surviving partner is cared for in the event of a bereavement, and that can be done by making provision in your will. Atha & Co's experienced team can talk you through your options. Choose the one you know, Atha & Co.

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