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A cohabiting partner’s rights after their partner dies

The rights and standing of a cohabiting partner who is windowed are weaker than those of a person who was married and then became windowed. The settling of financial affairs of cohabiting partners can involve a great deal of work especially if the deceased has not written a will. The living partner may wish to turn to a legal expert to help in figuring out any unclear issues regarding property. Persons with limited means can contact the Legal Aid Office for help. 

A cohabiting partner may be eligible for a spouse’s pension if certain conditions are met.

Text edited by: editorial team
Updated: 16/1/2023