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Wills and Civil Partnerships

Civil Partnerships are legal relationships that became available from the end of 2005. They are only available for same-sex couples. This should not be confused with a couple just living together as ‘partners’ (whether same-sex or not) who have not entered into a formal legal relationship.

For Wills and inheritance, Civil Partnerships are treated just the same marriage. Thus if you are:-

For tax purposes a couple can receive spouse exemption to set against inheritance tax, but only if it is a formal, legal civil partnership.

A Civil Partnership is as significant as marriage as a life-changing event and changes to it should be a reminder to update your Will.

Wills and Civil Partnerships

Your legal status in respect of Civil Partners is important when planning to make a Will.