Estate Planning for the Unmarried
Many of us remain unmarried by choice or by necessity. Maybe you are paired up but cannot
legally marry because of laws prohibiting same-sex marriages, or maybe you’re on your way to
marriage. You may also be choosing to live with another person instead of choosing marriage
for personal reasons. Whatever the reason may be, you should carefully consider your future
property rights together as unmarried cohabitants.
If you do not have a Will, your spouse may not be able to inherit from you absent common law
marriage statutes. The majority of states do not acknowledge common law marriages. This
means that if you die without a will, your spouse cannot automatically receive a portion of your
estate. Instead, your state’s intestacy statute will determine your legal heirs entitled to benefit
in the absence of a will. Thus, it is imperative for unmarried partners to speak with an estate
planner to establish their respective rights to inherit from each other’s estates. Your estate
planning attorney can help you draft mutual wills and title property jointly, if necessary.
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