I have received a number of enquiries lately in relation to a partner of a deceased wanting to either apply for Letters of Administration on Intestacy for their deceased partner’s estate or to make a claim against the estate. To be the spouse of a deceased, consideration must be given to your specific circumstances. I have outlined who may be considered a spouse, below.
Section 5AA of the Succession Act 1981 (Qld) states that a ‘spouse’ of a deceased is:
Section 32DA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (QLD) states that a person is considered to be in a de facto relationship with another person if they:
There is no hard and fast rule to determine whether two people have been living together on a genuine domestic basis. Rather, a court takes into consideration a number of circumstances outlined in section 32DA of the Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (QLD) which include:
The court will balance the above circumstances against one another to make a determination as to whether two people have been living together on a genuine domestic basis.
Yes. Section 5AA(2)(b)(i) of the Succession Act 1981 (Qld) clearly states that in order to be a ‘spouse’, the person and the deceased must have been living together on a genuine domestic basis for a continuous period of at least 2 years ending on the deceased’s death.
If you are unsure about whether you would be considered the spouse of a deceased, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your matter further.