13 June 2012 by

Cohabiting and Intestacy

It’s well known that the law can take a while to catch up with the real world, and the intestacy rules are a very good example of this; despite the rise in cohabitation over marriage, unmarried couples have no automatic entitlement to any part of each other’s estates, even if they live together or have had children together.

This may not be the case for much longer, however. A private members bill has been introduced to Parliament which would implement the Law Commission’s recommendations on changes to the Intestacy Laws. If the bill becomes law, unmarried couples would be entitled to part of their partner’s estate on death after 5 years of living together, or after 2 years if they have children.

This may go some way to solving the current problem, however the solution will likely still be based on the same one-size-fits-all approach that the intestacy rules are based on. This approach is better than nothing, but in most cases is not what an individual would want given the choice (and a bit of foresight).

As ever, and in all likelihood despite any change to the law to recognise the rights of an unmarried couple on death, it will remain the case that the only way to choose who inherits your estate is to make a Will.

4 May 2012 by

The Digital Economy Act, is it growing teeth?

An important ruling in a case regarding the disclosure of potential copyright infringers by the internet service provider O2 to a company seeking to protect its intellectual property is likely to have an effect on all future applications by companies seeking disclosure of potential infringers’ personal details from those that hold them.

24 May 2012 by Sonal Ghelani

A Knotty Problem

Japanese Knotweed was introduced to the UK in the mid-nineteenth century as an ornamental plant. Looks, however, can be deceptive as Japanese Knotweed has an invasive root system and the strong growth can damage foundations, buildings, flood defences, drains, roads, paving, retaining walls and architectural sites.

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