In this post, we are looking at what happens if you die without a Will when you are unmarried but in a relationship.
Dying without a Will if you’re unmarried or living in a long term relationship is one of the worst things that can happen. Your partner is not entitled to inherit from you and your partner will have to take action against your estate to secure any inheritance that they may be due.
If you die without a will and you’re unmarried and you have children, they will inherit from you. If your children are common to you and your partner, that means your partner might have to sue their own children. That’s a disaster. If you don’t have children, then your parents will inherit. But if your parents have died before you then it will be your brothers and your sisters in equal shares. If you don’t have brothers and sisters, then your grandparents. If your grandparents have died, it will be your uncles and aunts, and then on to your cousins.
If you don’t have any living relatives, then the State will get your money.
Dying without a Will if you’re unmarried is a disaster, because the Chancellor of the Exchequer is more likely to inherit than your partner. Hopefully, that was useful for you. If you want to find out more about the issues raised in this post, please contact us via the chatbot on this site, or call us on 01778 752 861.