Inheritance and Trustees Powers Bill consultation launched
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25th April 2013
On 21 March, the government announced that it had accepted the
recommendations set out in the draft Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers
Bill, which has now been published for consultation.
The draft bill includes reforms to parts of the law of inheritance, in
particular those that relate to intestacy – where someone dies without
a Will and family provision. The reforms will:
• ensure that where a couple are married
or in a civil partnership and one dies intestate, their assets pass to
the surviving spouse in all cases where there are no children or other
• simplify the sharing of assets where
the deceased dies intestate and is survived by a spouse and children or
• protect children who suffer the death
of a parent from the risk of losing an inheritance from that parent if
they are later adopted;
• amend the rules which at the moment
disadvantage unmarried fathers when a child dies without a Will;
• make it easier for dependants of the
deceased and anyone treated by the deceased as a child of their family
outside of marriage or civil partnership to make family provision
• allow a claim for family provision in
certain circumstances where the deceased lived outside of England and
Wales but left property and family members or dependants
• reform trustees’ statutory powers to
use income and capital for the benefit of trust beneficiaries (subject
to certain provisions).
If you’d like information about Wills, Probate or Trusts
please contact Alistair Dobson at Lawson-West on 01858 445 480.
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