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    Hi, just wondering people’s thoughts. I live with my partner and we are not married. We both have two girls each from a previous marriage. We brought out house putting 50/50 in from the sale of previous home. We wrote a Will to make sure that the house is split 50/50 should anything happen. So now 4 years down the line we are happily together and set up a business together.
    Also in our Wills although the house is stated that half is left to each others children but the living person can live in it until sold, we set it up that everything else is left to our own children. So basically assets etc all go to our children and not each other. What’s the best way to make this fair ?
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  • #2
    How is the property owned on the title deeds, joint tenants or tenants in common?
    Have the wills been signed and witnessed?


    • #3
      Tenants in common and yes witnessed and held at a solicitor.


      • #4
        I know it may seem strange reading it as it I know it’s a personal choice but although my partner doesn’t want for any money as he has inherited an amount but I feel that I will be left with nothing .


        • #5
          The short answer to your original question is the executors have to follow the terms of the wills.
          Regarding your last post. If your partner dies first you may be able to challenge his will under the 1975 Inheritance Act providing you can show you were financially dependent on him or lived with him as a couple for at least 2 years before his death. His children may decide to settle your claim to avoid expensive legal fees.
          I wouldn't advise you tell him you are thinking of doing this.
          You never know what the future holds Perhaps your joint business venture will thrive and you have the chance to sell it for £Ks before you retire.


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