The law upon bereavement can unfortunately have some difficult, unexpected and unforeseen outcomes at a time when you feel most vulnerable. On top of this, there are very strict deadlines to consider in the event that you wish to seek legal redress. Even if you are in a happy relationship it is important to know where you stand. Not everything is what it seems and contrary to popular opinion, there is no such thing in English law (or certainly there has not been for some 200 years) as a ‘common law’ husband or wife. Sadly this sometimes only becomes apparent upon the death of a loved one. We are here to help and advise during this extremely difficult time.