How do the inheritance law changes affect you?
Rules around inheritance law are changing from 1 October 2014 in England and Wales. The consequences could be far reaching for you and your loved ones. These changes make things simpler and clearer.
Child-free married couples and civil partners
There’s an important change to be aware of if you’re married or in a civil partnership, and you don’t have children.
From 1 October, if you die without a Will, your estate will be inherited entirely by your spouse or civil partner.
Previously, some of your estate could have been automatically inherited by your parents or siblings, leaving less for your spouse or civil partner.
It’s easy to see why this change has been made as it prioritises the person you’ve chosen to spend your life with. And remember, if you would still like to leave something to your parents or siblings, you can. You just need to make a Will.
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