on 3rd February 2021 at 3.00 pm
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Ten questions fr0m the older LGBT community (They equally apply to the unmarried straight)
By Nigel George (TEP)*
*Member of the Society of Trust Estate Practitioners (STEPS)
Q.1 I would like to involve my partner in my affairs, but I don’t want to have to discuss our relationship with others?
Q.2 I want my partner to arrange my funeral. I don’t want my family interfering. How can I avoid this?
Q.3 My partner and I are not married or Civil partners. But we have been together for 30 years surely that means they will inherit all of my estate?
Q.4. My partner and I have both made Wills leaving everything to each other. Surely that is sufficient?
Q.5. Does the fact that my partner and I have lived together for 30 years count for nothing?
Q.6. My partner and I bought a house together 25 years ago. I was not working at the time and therefore the mortgage proceeded in my partner’s sole name. As a consequence, the property was transferred into their sole name. We have however always treated the house as a jointly owned asset. We equally contributed to paying off the mortgage and have jointly maintained the property. My partner has now died without a Will. My partner’s sister now claims that the house is hers under the intestacy rules and I will have to leave. What can I do?
Q.7. My partner and I can see absolutely no advantage in getting married. It is an outdated institution.
Q.8. I have heard that the Equality Act now makes it illegal to discriminate against me on the grounds of my sexual orientation. Is that true?
Q.9. I am worried that if I have to go and live in a nursing home I will be discriminated against on the grounds of my sexual orientation.
Q.10. My healthcare worker asked me why a nice person like me was homosexual. What can I do about this?