Rule changes are 'no excuse'

It has been claimed that new rules regarding wills should not be viewed as an excuse for not making one.

According to, if a couple is living together, but are not married, there is "absolutely no guarantee" that the surviving partner will inherit anything.

The site claims that it is vital for people of all ages to write a will, even if youngsters think it is a melancholic subject.

"No matter how young you are or feel, if you want to ensure your loved ones are looked after properly when you die, it's best to write a will," the site advises.

According to new rules introduced, if a person dies without writing a will and there were children involved in the relationship, the surviving partner would receive £125,000 - or £200,000 if there were no children involved.

From the beginning of this month, these thresholds have been increased to £250,000 and £450,000 respectively.

The website says this is the first time the figures have been changed since 1993.

Written by Rachel Crook

Published on: February 12, 2009

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