Until 1935 a married woman did not have the freedom to leave her estate to beneficiaries of her choice in her will.  Her husband had an interest in her property after her death, known as 'by the curtesy'. Thankfully for wives this is no longer the case; however there are significant differences in the treatment of estates for couples that are married or in a civil partnership, and couples that cohabit.

Alex Rogers, senior associate in our legacies team looks at five things that will change when you marry or enter into a civil partnership with your beloved.