Many of us have a basic understanding of some aspects of the law, but there are a few areas where myths seem to persist. For example, is there such a thing as a Common Law wife or husband? Does a Will guarantee your wishes will be followed after your death? And if you break the law unwittingly because you genuinely didn’t know the action you took was illegal, the courts will be lenient. These are three commonly held beliefs – but how accurate are they?
Let’s take a look at each in turn:
Myth 1: ‘Common Law Wife or Husband’.
Have you ever thought that living with a long-term partner gives you ‘legal’ rights in law similar to that of a married couple?
If so, then you are wrong! There is no such thing as a ‘common law wife or husband’.