Civil partnerships and wills

 

Civil partnerships and wills can be a bit of a minefield, when it comes to estate planning and protecting your assets.

In the past, before formal civil partnerships were recognised, gay couples tended to have written wills which indicated that their partner was to be a beneficiary of their estate, in the event of their death.  This is simply because a gay relationship was – and still is – not considered to be the same as a straight couple marriage, in the process of intestacy.

Remember though, that marriage revokes all existing wills, rather than reinforcing them.  This means that if you don’t prepare another will after having entered into a formal civil partnership, any previous wills will be classed as void and the process of intestacy will come into play.  Unfortunately, this still means that your partner will normally have to share the proceeds of your estate with your family, unless the estate has little value.

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