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Don’t Miss a Step

It’s easy to miss a step!!

 You see them occasionally; the “perfect” family; mum, dad and two children happily bumbling about their business. Unfortunately, this is not the way of the modern world. Families are often larger and increasingly complicated, with a step child or children from more than one relationship.

The Problem

Unfortunately, over the years the number of people dying without a Will in the UK has increased and, unlike an adopted child, a step child does not have any legal rights to benefit from their step-parent’s estate regardless of the length or strength of their relationship.

There does not have to be a blood bond for there to be a loving relationship. Its is, important that, if you wish to provide for a child for whom you are not the biological parent, that you make a Will.

It is easy to assume that, if you care for a step child as your own and treat them no differently to your other children, that they will automatically be entitled to benefit from your estate on your death. This is not the case. You may think that your other children would share their entitlement with your step-child but, unfortunately, they, by law, don’t have to and money changes people!

The Answer

Don’t allow a step child to miss out on inheritance and make provision for them within your Will.

If you would like to discuss your Will in more detail please contact Charlotte Isherwood at Stonehewer Moss Solicitors on 01606 872200.


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