Property left to a married person after their spouse passes away can after remarriage go the new spouse contrary to the intention of the spouse who has passed away.
Unmarried couples living together:
‘Common-law’ partners under the law of intestacy will not get the same as married people. The property without making a will is going to pass to the children of the deceased in the first instance and then the parents. A fight for their inheritance in a court of law becomes a real possibility.
Excellent benefits of making a Will:
- Decide what age children receive their inheritance. Financially recognize children from any previous relationship.
- Include or exclude family members which can only be done through a will.
- Avoid family disputes
- Protect disabled children from losing their benefits
- Ensure family do not have to go through hardship to get their inheritance
- Give your spouse what they deserve and not want the government decides.
- Don’t allow the sale of assets by children so that they can realise their inheritance
- Make sure the taxman does not get tax that could have legally been avoided.
- Stop the bank or a solicitor charging whatever they want to distribute your estate.
- Leave something to people other than family members.