Wills for Couples in a Civil Partnership

The Civil Partnership Act 2004 gave same-sex couples the rights and responsibilities similar to those in a civil marriage. Once a couple has registered a civil partnership, the legal effects are almost identical to marriage. These include (but are not exhaustive to):

  • The obligation to support one another financially
  • The right to inherit a substantial part of your partner’s property, on their death, whether or not there is a will, and without having to pay inheritance tax
  • A survivor’s pension is likely to be available from your partner’s pension scheme after their death – check the details with the pension provider (depending on the pension scheme, this may be a smaller pension than a married partner would get, because civil partnership law is much newer than marriage law)
  • Laws which provide protection from domestic abuse
  • If a UK citizen registers a civil partnership with a citizen of a foreign country, the foreign partner will usually be permitted to reside in the UK with their partner
  • Being able to inherit the tenancy of your partner’s flat if they die, and you had been living there hospitals etc should recognise you as your partner’s next of kin
  • The right to claim damages from a person causing the death of your partner by a wrongful act
  • For assessing social security and other benefits, both partners’ incomes are taken into account

If you have entered into or are planning a civil partnership then let our Liverpool based Wills and Probate Solicitors inform you of your legal rights with regards to your estate and assist in any alterations to your Will. We have extensive experience dealing with all aspects of Wills and Probate Law and will endeavour to explain your legal rights to you in a language you understand.



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