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27-Aug-2013 15:37:01
Claims made against the estate

Sometimes, it is necessary to make a claim against an estate. One situation where this can be the case is when a couple are not married or in a civil partnership. This is because they do not hold the same rights as a spouse or civil partner. If a couple are married and there is no Will attached to the estate, the spouse will automatically be entitled to a share. Unfortunately, this is not the case for unmarried couples. If an unmarried partner dies without leaving a Will; they could, potentially, be leaving the surviving partner with nothing. However, it is possible to contest this under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and make a claim against the estate. Anyone undertaking this course of action should seek legal advice.
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