Should an unfortunate breakdown in your relationship occur or if one of you dies, your property rights are treated much the same as those of strangers who simply live in the same household.
It is difficult to think about the possibility of your relationship breaking down at any time, particularly when things are going well. Considering your options now and being aware of what is involved upon separation may help you avoid costly and acrimonious proceedings. A cohabitation agreement will protect your property rights should you decide not to live together anymore.
Aside from a relationship ending, it is important to consider what a loved one’s position would be in the event of your death. If the property is in your sole name and you die intestate (without leaving a will), your next of kin will benefit, not your partner.
We can guide you through the process of making arrangements now, while things are good. We can also help you in a time of need if you become embroiled in a property dispute. Legal aid will not be available but our charges are clear, reasonable and always agreed with you in advance.