Do you have a legal spouse (husband or wife), civil partner or de facto spouse?

Important Note

  • Your spouse will only benefit if he or she survives you by 28 days, otherwise your estate will be distributed on the basis that you have no spouse.

  • Your de facto partner may not automatically be considered to be your legal spouse.

  • The situation is more complicated if you leave behind more than one spouse and you should obtain independent legal advice.