Heterosexual civil partnerships are now legal

Heterosexual civil partnerships are now legal

After a landmark Supreme Court ruling, the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 has been amended to allow heterosexual couples to formalise their relationship with a civil partnership as an alternative to marriage. This took effect on 31st December 2019.

With approximately 84,000 heterosexual couples expected to form civil partnerships in 2020, we took a closer look at the potential impact of this new status.

In brief, there is not much difference in the treatment of civil partners vs. married couples when it comes to the administration of an estate.

For example, when someone with an existing Will gets married or enters into civil partnership, the Will is automatically revoked, becomes void and must be updated as soon as possible to maintain its validity. Otherwise, that individual’s estate would be distributed according to the rules of intestacy upon their death.

Additionally, any Inheritance Tax exemptions made available to a surviving spouse who is a beneficiary of their spouse’s assets, are equally available to surviving civil partners. Civil partners are also able to transfer their unused nil rate band allowance to their partner in order to reduce the potential tax payable on the second death, akin to spouses.

A key benefit of this option is the stability and legal recognition available to the 3.3 million cohabiting couples in the UK who may desire this assurance, but do not wish to be married.

Please get in touch if you have questions about administering an estate or updating your Will after a significant life event.

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How Abbey Broadway is Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How Abbey Broadway is Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation developing quickly, we believe it’s important to be transparent about how Abbey Broadway is responding to the outbreak. Our philosophy as a business is to approach this situation with empathy and urgency; Abbey Broadway’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees and of the communities we serve, including our customers, partners and prospects

Employee Travel

All company-related travel and home visits is currently under review. We believe that limiting travel is our safest and best option for reducing the risks of infection. Employees with pre-planned home visit appointments, customer visits, or events are receiving assistance to cancel their travel. For Abbey Broadway consultants in regions with rapid spread and a high number of confirmed cases of coronavirus locally, this will include canceling in-person appointments

Remote Work

Abbey Broadway has always been a strong proponent of remote work receiving hundreds of will writing instructions via our postal and online service. In light of the current situation, we are leaning even more heavily into remote work and is asking potential client to arrange their wills this way

Abbey Broadway Home Visits

For anyone planning a Home visit appointment, or move forward with an in-person meeting with an Abbey Broadway employee, we encourage you to first connect with your Abbey Broadway Consultant to confirm their visit or postpone it. In regions with high- and medium-risk of infection, we discourage in-person meetings and visits for customers, partners, and candidates. And if you’ve recently traveled to an impacted area, we encourage you to cancel your home visit appointment.

In addition to taking the precautions above, we are keeping empathy top of mind. It is a stressful time for our communities around the country, and so we want to do everything we can to minimize panic and maximize safety.

We hope this information is helpful in understanding how Abbey Broadway is responding to coronavirus, and we appreciate the continued support from our employees and customers.

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How Abbey Broadway is Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How Abbey Broadway is Responding to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation developing quickly, we believe it’s important to be transparent about how Abbey Broadway is responding to the outbreak. Our philosophy as a business is to approach this situation with empathy and urgency; Abbey Broadway’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees and of the communities we serve, including our customers, partners and prospects

Employee Travel

All company-related travel and home visits is currently under review. We believe that limiting travel is our safest and best option for reducing the risks of infection. Employees with pre-planned home visit appointments, customer visits, or events are receiving assistance to cancel their travel. For Abbey Broadway consultants in regions with rapid spread and a high number of confirmed cases of coronavirus locally, this will include canceling in-person appointments

Remote Work

Abbey Broadway has always been a strong proponent of remote work receiving hundreds of will writing instructions via our postal and online service. In light of the current situation, we are leaning even more heavily into remote work and is asking potential client to arrange their wills this way

Abbey Broadway Home Visits

For anyone planning a Home visit appointment, or move forward with an in-person meeting with an Abbey Broadway employee, we encourage you to first connect with your Abbey Broadway Consultant to confirm their visit or postpone it. In regions with high- and medium-risk of infection, we discourage in-person meetings and visits for customers, partners, and candidates. And if you’ve recently traveled to an impacted area, we encourage you to cancel your home visit appointment.

In addition to taking the precautions above, we are keeping empathy top of mind. It is a stressful time for our communities around the country, and so we want to do everything we can to minimize panic and maximize safety.

We hope this information is helpful in understanding how Abbey Broadway is responding to coronavirus, and we appreciate the continued support from our employees and customers.

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