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It is never easy to think about the worst happening but getting your affairs in order will help prevent further distress for your family and ensure your wishes are met.
Couples who live together do not have the same legal rights as married couples or civil partners and is it important to understand, and deal with, the differences as they could impact on:
We have extensive experience in advising on a wide range of issues that arise for unmarried or cohabiting couples especially those that are complex, tricky, or novel. We are well known for providing advice that is accessible, understandable and, most importantly, relevant.
Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK. As a result, we act for increasingly diverse clients including:
Couples assume that after spending their lifetime together, they will be treated as “next of kin” if their partner becomes ill or dies. Unfortunately, this is not the case and that assumption can have devastating consequences. For example, it could mean a hospital not being able to liaise with you in a medical emergency, it could mean not being involved in making long-term care plans for your partner and it could even mean not being able to make funeral arrangements.
To avoid the stress and upset of finding yourself in this situation, there are some simple steps unmarried couples can take to make sure that others are clear about what their wishes are.
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