In recent conversation with my colleague, we noted that few conveyancers  talk in any detail about whether a person has made a will or not. Few conveyancers actually talk about tenancy in common either. Of course it’s all there in the fine detail, somewhere in the terms of engagement, or in the closing letter that no-one really needs.
That makes sense – it’s stressful buying a house. Who needs to think about dying as well? And who can afford to make a will?
But hang on a minute – that house will be worth hundreds of thousands – the most valuable asset you own. And you either don’t know or don’t care what happens to its ownership when you die? Surely you should find out? Make a plan?
Well yes. And lets be honest, since there is no such thing as a common-law spouse, no such thing as automatically inheriting from your partner, or even automatic entitlement to all that your spouse (or civil partner) owned, it really should be looked into.
And second marriages with children on both sides? Yes! go make that will.
 (the sort of lawyer that deals with buying and selling houses here in the UK)