Same-sex couple cooking

Protecting your loved ones

Gilly Kennedy-Smith and Grace Cummings seek to identify the key issues advisors need to be aware of when drafting wills for unmarried same-sex couples in Guernsey

Since 2017, same-sex couples have been able to get married or enter into civil partnerships in Guernsey. However, figures from the UK, published in 2022, indicate that approximately 50 per cent of same-sex couples that live together are not married or in a civil partnership.[1] [2]

In Guernsey, as well as Jersey and the UK, there is no legal recognition of cohabiting partners, meaning that in the event of death the surviving partner will have no legal protection, right of inheritance or, in some cases, tax exemption.

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