One thing that comes out loud and clear to me is the importance of making a Will and then keeping it up to date!! This is so relevant these days when people often marry more than once or not at all and might have children and step children from different relationships. Also worth remembering is that a divorce does not make a Will invalid, unlike a marriage, unless the Will was made with the marriage specifically mentioned.
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A friend recently came unstuck badly, and expensively, when her common law husband died. She was the second partner and he had made his Will when married to the first wife and never updated it!!
On 6 Feb 2021, at 12:35, David Dewick <email@example.com> wrote:
Intestacy rules are even more complicated (or vindictive) if you are adopted and one of your adopted parents re-marry . ☹️
On 6 Feb 2021, at 12:30, Adrian Bruce <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Doh! Your understanding is pretty much what I meant, only it says it
On Sat, 6 Feb 2021 at 12:19, Lorna Craig via groups.io
Adrian, that’s interesting but I recall learning something slightly different. It was my understanding that if two people died more or less simultaneously (as in the case of a bombing incident) and there was no way of knowing exactly who died first, the older person was presumed to have died first.
For titles (which was all I was talking about) of course there is only
one heir so your objection of two heirs doesn't apply. However, in the
more general case, your statement makes sense and is more useful than