How do wills work?
December 28, 2011 3:35 PM Subscribe
What is the standard way that divorced parents with new partners (who also have children) organise their wills?
posted by cincinnatus c to Law & Government (5 answers total)
My mother is in a long-term relationship (20+ years) with, but not married to, a man who has a daughter. Together they own a house.
My girlfriend's father is also in a long-term relationship with a woman with several children, and the couple live in a house that they own together.
I imagine this setup is quite common nowadays.
How do people in such situations organise their wills? I know little about this side of life, but I'd imagine that married couples who only have children with each other would generally have wills leaving everything to the other half. Only when the second parent died would the children, by default, come into it.
I honestly think that if my mother were to die and her partner lived on for another 20 years or so, I wouldn't have much communication with him. He's a decent guy, but we don't have much to say to each other as it is. That being the case, would I get a call after those 20 years, when he did die, to tell me I had a share in a house? That would seem weird, but then again the opposite would seem weird.
NOTE: my mother is not likely to die any time soon, and if she did I'm not that bothered about owning a share in her house. I am not in dispute with anyone about this, and I don't anticipate being so. I am asking out of idle curiosity.
NOTE 2: I'm in the UK, if that matters in legal terms. But, again, note that I'm looking for pretty general answers based on standard practice. I'm not really excited about claiming any inheritance or anything, and based on lifestyle I'd be surprised if I outlived my mother. I'm just sort of curious about how these things work.