Be­reave­ment ben­e­fits for un­mar­ried cou­ples

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A re­cent court case could re­sult in a change in the rules on be­reave­ment ben­e­fits. A mother who lived with her part­ner was told that she didn’t qual­ify for be­reave­ment ben­e­fits for their chil­dren after he died. At the mo­ment, you’re only en­ti­tled to be­reave­ment ben­e­fits if you’re mar­ried or in a civil part­ner­ship.

The court rul­ing said this wasn’t fair to her

chil­dren. It doesn’t mean the govern­ment has to change the rules, but it may choose to. How­ever, cou­ples who live to­gether may be los­ing out in other ways. For ex­am­ple, many don’t re­alise that there’s no au­to­matic right for one part­ner to in­herit the other’s money or prop­erty when they die – the only way to in­herit would be to go to court.

If you live with your part­ner, it’s well worth hav­ing a Will drawn up.

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