A grandmother who lived with her partner for almost two decades until his death has won a High Court battle after his estranged wife inherited half their home.Joy Williams, 69, lived with dentist Norman Martin for 18 years after he split with his wife, Maureen, with whom he had twin daughters.But Mr Martin never divorced nor did he update his will, so when he died of a heart attack four years ago, his half share of the £320,000 three bedroom bungalow in Dorchester, Dorset, went to Mrs Martin – despite leaving her in 1994 to start living with Ms Williams.

She had lived with Mr Martin as “tenants in common”, which meant the property did not automatically pass on to her and faced losing the home as she could not have afforded to buy out Mrs Martin.

Source: Grandmother who lived with partner until his death wins High Court battle after his estranged wife inherited half their home | Home News | News | The Independent

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