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I already understand much of this but will the money from the sale of the part ownership back to the housing association count as heritable or non-heritable? My husband's debts will in any case use up any other money, unless we find they will be resolved by his death.
So, in other words, after 44 years of marriage I am entitled to nothing?
Several people have queried whether he made the will with full understanding of what he was arranging. It is likely it was done on the advice of the MacMillan staff although could aso be other parties. He was taking two forms of Morphine at the time and questions have been raised about his memory and decision-making.
It is a complicated situation. When we came back to the UK I came first and set up a home for the younger two. My husband and eldest followed some 9 months later. My husband was to be posted to Edinburgh but temporarily to Shetland. I could not find work in Shetland and after another contract abroad came to Edinburgh to be near my parents who needed my help near the end of their lives and my younger daughter who had severe kidney problems and was attending hospital on the mainland. When my husband went to Shetland all the property from my base in Scotland and everything from our home overseas had been taken to Shetland - much of it originally my property, and things I inherited from my family. My husband was a non-uk national although he later too UK citizenship. He previously had nothing here. I started from scratch again when I returned to the UK while he built on the base I had established earlier. The children are all independent professionals, one married, one in a long term relationship, already owning their own homes. Only the youngest - aged 35 does not own a house, he rents in London where he works.
I really don't understand - can you explain why the money from the house would be heritable estate and only available to adult children who never lived there? Surely my husband had some responsibility to provide for me from his estate - as I say, my pension rights are minimal and I could never survive on them. I have spent so much time in recent years coping with elderly and sick relatives that my income has been very erratic. He is making a pauper of me while the money is given to my children who are relatively well off. If I raise a legal challenge it runs the risk of causing a permanent rift between me and my children when we have always had a good relationship. Above all I do not understand why he has done this to me, We always had a good, open relationship.
What can I do?
How do I keep a copy of this to look at later? It is late and I am tired with travelling up and down to Shetland - I have to travel back up again tomorrow.
So, on re-reading, early in the converstion you said I could intimate a claim. Is this to the lawer who drew up the will or another lawer?
OK thanks. Can't afford to.