Writing a will is particularly important for those living with their partners, it has been claimed.
Alison Hunt of lovemoney.com stated that people need to bear in mind that their other halves are only entitled to a share of their estate if they are in a civil partnership together or legally married
"If you are simply living together, your partner could be entitled to absolutely nothing, making it even more vital to have written a will," she warned.
Cohabiting couples are highly recommended to write a Will because they do not have cohabiting rights and will not automatically inherit from their partner.
Unmarried couples do not have the same legal rights as married couples and this can affect parental responsibility and their assets should they split up.
Unmarried couples living together can avoid legal tussles, however, by drawing up a cohabitation agreement.
Published on: July 8, 2009