Marriage revokes a Will, but what about same-sex couples who convert their Civil Partnership to Marriage?

The government has laid a draft statutory instrument before Parliament providing that conversion of a civil partnership to a same-sex marriage will not revoke, or affect any disposition in, a will made by a party to the civil partnership before the conversion. This fills a significant gap in the consequential provisions relating to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

This means that civil partners who chose to convert their civil partnership to a marriage should not expect that this will revoke or affect any wills made by the parties before the conversion unless they provide for it do so.

The government intends to bring these amendments to the Wills Act 1837 into force on the same date as regulations establishing the procedure for conversion, 14 December 2014.

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