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I met with a client yesterday who was about to get married. Great news! He owned a share in a property that a relative lived in.  There was no tenancy agreement or other legal document that allowed the relative to stay there – the client just let the relative stay there through his own goodwill. Unfortunately, he had not realised that marriage automatically revokes his Will automatically. This means that, should something happen to him on his honeymoon, his new Wife would inherit that same property. Would the new Wife, recently bereaved, unrelated and not close to the client’s relative, allow the relative to continue to live there rent free? A simple adjustment to my client’s Will could make sure of this, and reassure the relative that they had somewhere to live for the foreseeable future.  And give my client peace of mind. If you are about to get married, don’t forget about your Will! You’d be surprised how big an affect it can have. If you would like to know more about making a Will, then please contact a member of our Private Client team  on 01623 451111, or email wills mailto:rhoward@fidler.co.uk

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