In 2009 the intestacy rules changed to increase the amount that a spouse or civil partner receives from the estate of their spouse / civil partner, if they die intestate, that is without a Will. As yet there is no provision made for unmarried and cohabiting partners. Therefore if you die without leaving a Will your partner will inherit nothing from your estate. If you don’t have children it will pass to your parents and if you do have children it will pass to your children and be paid to them once they reach 18. This can cause significant financial and family distress at an already difficult time. By making a Will you can ensure that your assets go to the person you want to inherit them. This is important for everyone but particularly vital for co-habitees. A properly made Will doesn’t have to cost much and it is the only way to guarantee your wishes are carried out.