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#IWD2020 – All the women, who are independent

Jack Williams

Posted by Jack Williams | Trainee
On 6th March 2020

As a young man in his late twenties, it is hard to think of a time when women were not afforded the most basic of rights. Being raised in a culture that now celebrates women, it is absurd to think of a time when women were unable to vote, work, or even hold their own possessions. Whilst the playing field is far from even, in aid of International Women’s day it is a great time to reflect on how far women have come, particularly when it comes to Wills and property.

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Is it safe to rely on the intestacy rules?

Nicola Waldman

Posted by Nicola Waldman | Partner
On 30th January 2020

On 6th February 2020, the statutory legacy awarded on intestacy to a surviving spouse or civil partner will go up by £20,000 from £250,000 to £270,000. Every 5 years, the government reviews the amount of this legacy and increases it in line with the Consumer Price Index.

This legacy is paid when the deceased dies without a valid will, leaving a surviving spouse or civil partner AND children. In those circumstances, in addition to the statutory legacy, the surviving spouse/civil partner will also get the deceased’s personal effects ie the contents of their home and also half of what’s left after deducting the first £270,000, with the other half going to the deceased’s children at 18. If there are no children, then the surviving spouse or civil partner will inherit the entire estate.

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