Theresa May last week bowed to mounting pressure and announced prospective legislation to extend to opposite-sex couples the right to enter into a civil partnership, previously an option only for same sex couples.
People in the UK are living longer than ever before. This is good news, but it brings with it a multitude of problems. The Alzheimer’s Society report that there are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. With these eye watering figures in mind, it is becoming increasingly important that you make clear what should happen in the event that you lose capacity to manage your own affairs.
The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 (“the 1975 Act”) enables a child of the deceased to make a claim against his or her estate provided that they can show that they were financially dependent on the deceased and that the deceased did not make adequate provision for them in their will (or by an intestacy).