Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sisters in inheritance tax battle

The lawyers for two elderly sisters are due in court to begin their attempt to win the same inheritance tax rights as married, gay and lesbian couples. Joyce and Sybil Burden, from Wiltshire, have lived together since birth but if one of them dies the other will face a large inheritance tax bill. They fear the one left will have to sell the family home to pay it. Joyce, who is 88, and Sybil, who is 80, are taking the case to the European Court of Human Rights. They decided to take action in the wake of the Civil Partnership Act 2004. .

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