Am I the heir of my partner to whom I have been cohabiting for 5 years?

"Family by Law" is a section of Caiado Guerreiro where the team leader of the Family and Succession Department, Stéfanie Luz, answers questions on the subject.
News 02/05/2024

No, unmarried partnership does not confer the status of heir in Portugal, although there are some legal protections associated to a partnership, unless you are an heir by a will granted by your partner, you will not automatically be a beneficiary of the inheritance.


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