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Not that long ago, our Lancaster Solicitors explained how the Government were now considering expanding the Civil Partnership Act to include any couple who wishes to enter into one (read our Lancaster Solicitors’ blog here). Our Lancaster Solicitors explained that this would benefit co-habiting couples who do not wish to marry, as they could enter into a Civil Partnership and gain the same rights as a married couple, for example, our Lancaster Solicitors explained, they would be entitled to certain benefits on the death of their partner that they would not usually be entitled to. 
However, in another turn of events, another Bill has now been introduced to Parliament, namely the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (Amendment) (Sibling Couples). This was introduced by Lord Lexden in the House of Lords, and will, ultimately, grant platonic sibling couples the right to enter into a Civil Partnership, thereby gaining the same rights as a married couple. MG Legal, Lancaster Solicitors, would firstly explain that this does now mean that sibling couples would be married – on even in a relationship – it just means that they have rights that they would not otherwise have. 
The BBC showcases the story of Catherine Utley and her sister, Virginia, in an article about the subject, and they explain have lived together for over 30 years. The siblings, who own a house together in London, explain that they want to have the same rights as a married couple as otherwise, when one of them dies, they will be faced with a huge inheritance tax bill. Our Lancaster Solicitors would explain that the Civil Partnerships will be open to anyone, provided that they are not related, which Catherine calls a “glaring injustice”. 
MG Legal Lancaster Solicitors clarify that under the new proposed Bill, siblings would have to live together for a period of 12 years consecutively, and they would also both need to be over the age of 30. 
If you need advice on where your loved ones will stand if you pass away, contact our Lancaster Solicitors today to discuss making a Will on 01524 581 306. 
Or, if you have separated and need some advice, our Lancaster Solicitors have first-hand experience in dealing with separated couples who are co-habiting, and can provide you with the advice and guidance you need to move on with your life. For the best advice, contact our Lancaster solicitors on 01524 581 306 to set up your free initial consultation about your separation. 
Or, if you need advice on another legal matter, contact our Lancaster solicitors to discuss your needs. MG Legal Lancaster Solicitors offer fixed fees in property sales and purchases (both residential and commercial), fixed fee Wills and Probate matters, and “No-Win, No-Fee” Personal Injury claims. Email us today on
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