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5After Article 13 insert—

13AEffect of civil partnership

(1)Subject to paragraphs (2) to (6), a will is revoked by the formation of a civil partnership between the testator and another person.

(2)A disposition in a will in exercise of a power of appointment takes effect despite the formation of a subsequent civil partnership between the testator and another person unless the property so appointed would in default of appointment pass to the testator’s personal representatives.

(3)If it appears from a will—

(a)that at the time it was made the testator was expecting to form a civil partnership with a particular person, and

(b)that he intended that the will should not be revoked by the formation of the civil partnership,

the will is not revoked by its formation.

(4)Paragraphs (5) and (6) apply if it appears from a will—

(a)that at the time it was made the testator was expecting to form a civil partnership with a particular person, and

(b)that he intended that a gift in the will should not be revoked by the formation of the civil partnership.

(5)The gift takes effect despite the formation of the civil partnership.

(6)Any other gift in the will also takes effect, unless it appears from the will that the testator intended the gift to be revoked by the formation of the civil partnership.

13BEffect of dissolution or annulment of civil partnership

(1)This Article applies if, after a testator has made a will—

(a)a court of civil jurisdiction in Northern Ireland dissolves his civil partnership or makes a nullity order in respect of it, or

(b)his civil partnership is dissolved or annulled and the dissolution or annulment is entitled to recognition in Northern Ireland under Chapter 3 of Part 5 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004.

(2)Subject to any contrary intention appearing from the will—

(a)provisions of the will appointing executors or trustees or conferring a power of appointment, if they appoint or confer the power on the former civil partner, take effect as if the former civil partner had died on the date on which the civil partnership is dissolved or annulled, and

(b)except as provided in paragraph (3), any property comprising or included in a gift to the former civil partner passes as if the former civil partner had died on that date.

(3)Where property comprising or included in a gift to the former civil partner is a share of residue, the will takes effect as if the gift of the residue were to the other person or persons entitled to it (and, if more than one, in such shares as to preserve the ratio of their former shares), to the exclusion of the former civil partner.

(4)Paragraph (2)(b) does not affect any right of the former civil partner to apply for financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (S.I. 1979/ 924 (N.I. 8)).

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