Separated couples risk their estates passing to their wives under new laws
Changes to intestacy rules took effect on 1 October 2014, and mean that separated couples will be effected if they have not made a will.
Intestacy rules govern how the estate of a deceased person is divided if you die without a valid will in place.
The new provisions brought in under the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 change the way your estate is divided if they die without a valid will and have a surviving spouse or civil partner.
If you die without a will and are separated, but not divorced your estranged partner or spouse will now inherit more than your children.
If you do not have children, your ex partner or civil partner will inherit your entire estate.
‘The Law Society has also launched consumer campaign, entitled- ‘Use a professional. Use a solicitor’ -and supports this and encourages people to use a professional, regulated solicitor when making a will.’
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