Trying to pre-empt a possible situation wrt my daughter.
She is due an inheritance at the age of 25 left to her by my parents
(she is 22 now).
The money is currently in a Will Trust, but she has absolute right to
the capital at age 25.
The question is whether a co-habiting "partner" would automatically have
rights over this money.
What are the "rules" relating to shared assets in this case, and can
this money be protected in any way?
She is currently at the start of a relationship, but not co-habiting as
such. Don't think marriage is on the cards any time soon.
Thanks for any insight
A cohabitee has no rights over the assets of a partner in all except a
The only one that comes to mind is where a partner improves a property
where they might have a valid claim on the property in the absence of
They may well do so for many purposes - eg gossip and Christmas card
lists :) But "common law partners" (like "common law wives" before
them) have bugger all rights in law because there's no such thing in
English law. (Scotland is another country but common law marriage was
abolished there too a few years ago.)