The art of protecting yourself

The art of self-protection

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The common-law wife of a deceased man who had his inheritance stolen because the gentleman had never divorced the mother of his children, even after 30 years together, told me leads to the following question: if the gentleman in question had drawn up a will in favor of his de facto spouse, would that have settled the question in her favour?

Anonymous

Writing a will would at least have the benefit of making things clearer for the common-law spouse in her claim to enforce the last wishes of the deceased, because even if the first marriage had never been broken, it would be clear in the eyes of the law that the agreements of yesteryear no longer held.