• Person Who Owns House Dies, Can Their Partner Keep It

    By Guest on 24th Feb 2015

    My friend was given a house when their friend died. Then he died, now his girlfriend has the house, is this legal

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    By Guest on 24/02/2015

    Was your friend registered at Land Registry as the legal owner and if so was this on his own or jointly with his girlfriend? If jointly with his girlfriend then ownership may well have passed to her depending on whether they owned as joint tenants or tenants in common. If she was not a joint owner then he could have left it to her in his will. If he didn't leave a will she could make an application under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 though the success of this would depend on many factors. You can get a copy of the register to see who the registered owner is by visiting http://land-registry-documents.co.uk/order-documents

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