Nuffield research influential in recommendations for changes to inheritance law

14 December 2011

Research funded by the Foundation has been influential in the Law Commission’s recommendations to change inheritance law to allow unmarried couples who have lived together for five years or more to inherit from each other without writing a will.

The research, undertaken by NatCen, provided the Law Commission with empirical data about public attitudes towards inheritance, including how they have been affected by the growth in property ownership, and changes in family structures such as cohabitation, second marriages and step-families.

Full details of the Law Commission’s recommendations are available on its website.

More information about the NatCen research is available on our attitudes towards the law of inheritance page