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A couple have cohabited for over 30 years and run business

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A couple have cohabited for over 30 years and run business together. The "wife" received £45.00 per week, from which she had to provide food for both. She has run the business single-handed for the past five years due to the "husband's" ill health and acted as a carer for him. Recently, in a conversation with the "husband's" son she has been informed that the property she and partner occupy will be sold. She, apparently, will receive £10,000 and the family car, but will become homeless. Has she any legal rights to any compensation for keeping the business (which is also their living accommodation) going?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Harris replied 11 months ago.

Hi, thank you for your question. Is the woman's name on the title of the property, and if so in what share? Is she named as a director of the business?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
No. There are no written documents that connect her to the business.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
She is my twin sister and lives some three hundred miles away from me. She is nearly 76 y.o. and it is no age to become homeless.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Please let me know what is happening.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
All I really need to know is whether it is worthwhile for her start legal proceedings.
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Are you still there?
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I give up. Please return my money.
Expert:  Clare replied 11 months ago.

My name is ***** ***** I have been a solicitor for more than 30 years

Has her partner died?

If not where will he live?

How much is the business worth (best guess will do)