Inheritance law reforms considered by ministers

Ministers are considering a shake-up of inheritance rules to reflect changes in society, such as fewer marriages and an increase in step-families.

A consultation has been launched asking for the public’s view on how the law can be made fairer when it comes to dividing an estate on someone’s death.

It asks what rights cohabitants should have and whether step-children should have the same inheritance rights as biological or adopted children.

Opinions are also being sought on whether anyone convicted of murder should be removed as executor for their…
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