Disputed Wills: Your rights as an unmarried cohabitee against deceased partner’s estate

Our Disputed Wills team have accepted instructions from a client whose long term partner recently passed away without leaving provision for her in his will.

Recent legislative changes mean the law has begun to reflect the realities of modern day life and allows unmarried cohabitees to bring claims for reasonable financial provision against their deceased partner’s estate.

Our client was financially dependent on her partner and, in addition to dealing with the emotional effects of his sad passing, she has been left without any meaningful form of income despite the estate being substantial.

Our expert team are now pursuing a claim against the estate under the provisions of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

Claims for reasonable provision from an estate must be brought within six months of the grant of probate. Claimants must therefore act quickly – please telephone our specialist team on 0161 928 9321 for advice.