We provide a variety of free legal will forms that may assist you in drawing up your last will and testament.
The information on this page however, deals specifically with people who are cohabiting but are not legally married or have not registered a civil partnership. (Visit our main page on Wills for a variety of templates which may be suitable for your requirements.)
Perhaps the most compelling reason to have a Last Will and Testament in place applies to these people, because (unlike a spouse or civil partner) they may not have the automatic right to inherit.
There are many reasons why people may choose not to marry or register a civil partnership:
However, living together for a period of time does not make for a "common law marriage" (in most jurisdictions) and does not automatically grant the same legal rights as for married couples, such as exemption from inheritance tax.
Please refer to our guidelines on Writing a Will for an overview and were you can also find links to a selection of free legal forms for last wills.
Life partners may have a cohabitation agreement in place. However, it may only make provision for division of property upon termination of the relationship and may not provide for bequests upon death. Note: Where partners jointly own property (and the property deed reflects that), such a property will automatically go to the surviving partner and need not be mentioned in the will.
However, a partner may have contributed to mortgage payments, although the deed only lists the other's name. Without the presence of the will, the non-listed partner may have to institute a claim against the estate to recover such mortgage payments, let alone the appreciated value of the property.
Have a look at the various free legal will forms listed on our Last Will and Testament main page - you may want to use a combination of forms to compile a will that suits you best.
Note: We strongly recommend consulting with a professional to assist you with establishing trusts. Visit Free Living Trust Information first to save you and your attorney time (and therefore money) when you meet to discuss your estate plan.
Our free legal will forms can assist you with streamlining your thoughts before compiling your last will and testament and consulting with an attorney. If you have complex financial affairs, professional advice must be sought to assist with estate planning.
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