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Briefing from the Centre for Social Justice on the Inheritance (Cohabitants) Private Members Bill [HL] 2012-13 

(October 2012)

Tags: OPINION PIECE, Cohabitation, Inheritance, Intestacy

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to The Bill
  2. Proposals in The Bill
  3. Critique of the Proposals by the Centre for Social Justice

1. Introduction to The Bill

The Inheritance (Cohabitants) Private Members Bill [HL] 2012-13, introduced by Lord Lester of Herne Hill proposes that in cases of intestacy (where someone dies without leaving a will) a surviving cohabitant would automatically be entitled to the same share that a bereaved spouse would receive. Cohabitants would qualify if they had had a child together and had lived in the same household as if they were married or in a civil partnership for two years; if the relationship was childless the qualifying period would be five years.

2. Proposals in The Bill

Under these proposals a cohabitant would receive the…

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