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Friday, 08 April 2016 15:20

Are you in a Relationship?

Are you married? Divorced? Separated? Engaged?

Many of you reading this may be in one of the above, and you may be surprised to know that the status of your relationship affects the validity of your Will. Has there been a significant change in your life? Perhaps you have never made a Will. Whatever your relationship status is, it can affect your Will in variety of ways.

Getting married or forming a civil partnership will automatically make your Will invalid if not made in contemplation of these events. If you have made a Will and have since married, this Will is not legally enforceable.

Contrary to common belief, divorce does not make your Will invalid. However, divorce does cancel any provisions in the Will relating to your ex-spouse. If you named other people in your Will other than your ex-spouse in your Will, your estate will pass to these people as you directed in your Will. If you only named your ex-spouse to benefit from your Will, your estate may be distributed as directed by the law rather than how you wish it to be. It is therefore always recommended that you make a new Will once your divorce has been finalised by the court.

Unmarried couples and couples who have not registered their civil partnership cannot automatically inherit from each other unless there is a Will. This can lead to serious financial problems for the surviving partner.

Are you and your partner waiting to get married? Did you know you can make a Will if you are intending to get married? You are able to make a Will when you are planning to get married so long as it is clear in the Will that you would like your Will to be valid once you are married. This can be done by naming the person you are planning to marry. This is known as making a Will ‘in contemplation of marriage’.

Looking for a wedding gift for the newly married couple why not buy them a Mirror Will Voucher with Dawsons Law? Or Married couple to be put a Mirror Will with Dawsons Law on your Wedding Gift List.

Whether you are worried about the status of your Will or have never made a Will before, please do not hesitate to call the office to make an appointment now on 01953 883535 or 01603 813920.

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