When a couple separate “amicably” they are often reluctant to involve lawyers. They may have already worked out what the division of their assets will be and they wonder why they need to commit anything to paper. There is often the wish to avoid costs at a time of stress ...
A death in the family and the Will left by that person (or when there is no Will) can often give rise to a number of potential issues/disputes. Often family issues and tensions that have simmered below the surface for years come to light at this time.
Part 8 of the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 ("the Act‟) deals with the division of property where a marriage relationship or de facto relationship ends (after 1 February 2002) because one of the parties