Wills and Mixed Sex Civil Partnerships

9th January 2020

Don’t lose your Will when registering a civil partnership

Last month, legislation allowing mixed-sex couples to enter into civil partnerships for the first time came into effect, with the first registrations being held on New Year’s Eve.

It was the last step in aligning rights for same-sex and mixed-sex relationships in England and Wales, following the introduction of same-sex civil partnerships in 2005 and equal marriage in 2014.

While civil partnerships may be more suitable for couples who want legal recognition of their relationship without the historic or religious connotations associated with marriage, it is worth remembering that many of the implications in law are the same for civil partners as they are for spouses.

For example, civil partners can take advantage of the same property rights, pension benefits and Inheritance Tax exemptions as married couples, and have the same rights under intestacy if one of the partners dies without making a Will.

It is also worth bearing in mind for those registering a civil partnership with an existing Will that, unless it is clearly expressed otherwise in the Will itself, entering into a civil partnership will automatically revoke your current Will.

So if you are planning to enter into a civil partnership in 2020, it might be a good time to review your Will to ensure that it still reflects your wishes and to guarantee that you have a valid Will in place following registration of your civil partnership.

Our specialist Wills & Probate team can discuss your needs with you, offer any relevant advice and prepare a Will to suit your circumstances and wishes. We can also ensure your wishes will not be affected if you decide to sign your new Will before registering your civil partnership.

If you would like a no obligation, half hour free interview to go through your circumstances and offer you advice, or if you would like to go ahead and update your Will, please contact Burtons Solicitors on 01892 824577 or on info@burtons-solicitors.com.