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"I have a common law spouse so everything will automatically go to them"

As we know, current law does not recognise the common law spouse. If an unmarried person dies intestate (without a valid will), intestacy rules dictate that the estate would pass to their children (if any). If the person has no children then the estate is divided between family members in accordance with legislation.

This could mean that even if the other partner has lived in the home for decades, without their name on the deeds or as a named beneficiary in a Will they could lose their home or any right to the proceeds of sale.

We cannot over emphasise, especially for unmarried couples, the importance of getting a Will in place and updating it regularly to ensure it reflects your current position.

At Ramsdens, we offer a specialist and affordable will writing service. To speak to someone about updating your Will or making a Will for the first time call us on 01484 821 500, text LAW to 67777 or email