If you have undertaken a formal civil partnership ceremony, the English laws of inheritance, intestacy and Inheritance Tax will now apply to you, too.
Currently, should your partner die without having prepared a Will but after having had children, you will only inherit the first £250,000 of their Estate. The rest will be divided between you and your deceased partner’s children if they have any. If there are no children, you’ll receive the first £450,000, plus half of the remaining balance. The rest will be divided up between their surviving relatives.
If however, your partner has a Civil Partnership Will drawn up before they die, you will receive their entire Estate, without being liable to pay any Inheritance Tax.
Unfortunately, without a civil partnership ceremony having taken place, you will be considered as a “common law” couple, and should your partner die, you will inherit nothing and cannot apply for probate. Instead, your partner’s children, parents or siblings will stand to inherit their Estate.