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Wills and Probate - Marriage, Civil Partnership and Cohabitation

Credits:4View Alternative Price Options
Course Code: 2966
No Dates Scheduled
If you would like to book this course please call us on 01752 725700 to discuss your requirements.

Who Should Attend

This course will be of interest to Wills probate practitioners, matrimonial practitioners and conveyancers. If a marriage or civil partnership breaks down, the court has wide powers to rearrange the beneficial interest of the parties, and so ascertaining the beneficial interest is not that important. However, with one exception, there is no statutory power for the court to rearrange the beneficial interest of cohabitees, and whether it is cohabitees, spouses or civil partners, if one dies it is important to ascertain what beneficial interest the deceased might have had. It is quite common to come across joint bank or building society accounts in the joint names of a parent and child - who is entitled to the money on the death of the parent? In addition, on death, a court can rearrange the beneficial interest of the beneficiaries under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.

Course Content

This course will consider:

  • Ascertaining the beneficial interest in a house or land;
  • Ascertaining the beneficial interest in personal property including bank and building society accounts;
  • Severance of joint tenancies of houses or land or personal property;
  • The effect of relationship breakdown on joint tenancies;
  • Entitlement under the intestacy rules;
  • The doctrine of election;
  • The power of a court to rearrange the beneficial interest and the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) act 1975.