Estate Planning for Non-Traditional / Same Sex Couples
Today, many people have “non-traditional” families. There are many types of non-traditional family arrangements, including same-sex couples, heterosexual committed couples who choose to remain unmarried, registered domestic partners, or siblings who have chosen to live together and co-mingle their assets. All of these family arrangements have unique estate planning issues.
Gay and lesbian couples, as well as unmarried heterosexual couples, face unique challenges in protecting jointly owned property or in dividing assets in case the relationship ends. If you have not put your wishes in a legal document, you risk losing the right to choose who you want to make vital decisions about your health care and finances. Your partner may have no legal right to inherit your property, raise your children, or even have the right to visit you in the hospital without proper legal documents and advance planning. Caren Nielsen can help. Contact us today for a consultation.