Are you co-habiting or about to move in with your partner? Do you know your legal rights (or lack of)?

Many people believe there is a ‘common law’ which gives some legal rights to people after they have been living together for a certain length of time – but this is not the case, and it doesn’t matter how long you have lived together, but you do not have any legal rights to inherit from an un-married partner. So what can you do about this?

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The cost of an average UK funeral is steadily rising far in excess of inflation, and this trend looks set to continue in the future. If you are setting money aside in a savings account or savings plan, it will be pretty impossible to match the cost of funeral inflation, unless

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Are you, or have you been, in the Armed Forces? If so, did you know that you may already have a valid Will which you are not aware of, and it may even remain valid when you leave the forces?

Members of the armed forces are usually asked to simply write out their wishes in case of death when they first join up, and these instructions are filed away. Did you know that this document may form a privileged Will? Wills made for the armed forces do not have to follow all the usual rules to make them valid.

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Do you want to pass your property on to your children after you die? The way you write your Will may mean this doesn’t happen.

Many people make a Will leaving everything to their partner/husband/wife, and then to their children. Your Will states that your property and assets will pass to your partner or spouse on your death, and once that’s happened, then your Will is no longer relevant. Everything is now owned by your partner or spouse and so when your partner or spouse dies, your share may not pass to your children. It depends what your partner’s Will says.

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Having children is now the most likely cause for people put their affairs in order and get their wills written according to research conducted by YouGov.

According to the research, having children is the only reason given in the majority of cases when it comes to why they made a will. The second most cited reason to make a will was a change in health, with marriages and divorces also cited.

According to YouGov: "For 56%, having children is an important time to make a will, but this is lower than the 62% citing this reason in 2014.

"Almost half – 46% – identify a change in their health circumstances as a time to make a will. This is slightly down from 49% in 2014.

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