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My partner has been legally separated for twenty years and

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My partner has been legally separated for twenty years and his separation papers state that his estranged wife forfeits any right to his pensions! He intends to divorce this year so that we can marry.....would his private pensions come to me if he dies before me?
Assistant: What steps have been taken? Have any papers been filed in family court?
Customer: No. We spoke to both of his pension providers......one company said it would come to me and the other says it wouldn’t as name can’t be changed on his annuity!
Assistant: Have they talked to a lawyer about this yet?
Customer: We haven’t spoken to a lawyer....I was hoping you could advise us on this matter.
Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I already receive widows pension from my late husband.....does this affect any rights I have to my partners pensions?

Hello, my name is***** am a licensed lawyer from the UK.

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Where do I find response to my original questions?

Are you based in England or Scotland?

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Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Scotland

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If you marry your partner your existing widow’s pension will stop unless the scheme says otherwise. You should have the scheme checked. As regards ***** *****’s pensions he can usually nominate you as the person to whom the pensions will go in the event of your death. That again depends on the scheme. Many pension schemes work that way and the pension doesn’t form part of the deceased’s person’s estate. Where there is an annuity involved it would normally go to the spouse so the advice you have been given by one of the pension companies does not sound right and this should be double checked at a more senior level or preferably with the written details of the scheme. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that JustAnswer credits me for my time.

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Category: Scots Law
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Experience: 30 years as a practising solicitor.
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