Unmarried Partners could be entitled to a Survivors Pension

There has been a recent Court decision that will improve the pension rights of around 12 million couples across the UK.

A woman had been denied access to her long-term partner’s pension after he died suddenly because he had failed to sign a form specifically nominating her as a beneficiary.  They had been living together for 10 years and had become engaged on Christmas Eve 2009 when he suddenly died between Christmas night and the early hours of Boxing Day morning.  The woman argued that she was being discriminated against since such forms are not required for married couples but until now public sector pension schemes and some private sector schemes have required a nomination form to be completed by unmarried partners.

Following the Court ruling the nomination form should no longer be required and the decision means that from now on unmarried long-term partners should be automatically entitled to their pension if they die.

If we at Terry Jones Solicitors can assist you with any issues arising out of this landmark decision then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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