It is interesting that given the increase in the number of co-habiting couples we are not seeing a similar increase in the number of unmarried people making Wills.
People often assume that if they have been living together for a certain period of time or if they have children together they will automatically be entitled to their partners assets on their death. This is simply not the case. It is therefore essential that such couples make Wills to ensure that their loved ones are protected on their death.
Data from the Office for National Statistics once again highlights the UK’s shift away from marriage and towards cohabitation; the number of unwed couples bringing up children has grown by 132% since 1996 to almost 1.3 million.