Committed Couples: Intestacy is Not an Option
Recent Census Bureau statistics are indicating that people who have been divorced are not remarrying
with the same frequency that they did in the past. There are a number of different reasons for this and
financial considerations would certainly be among them.
In addition to people who are divorced, there are of course many older Americans who are widows
are widowers. Some of these individuals may develop relationships that are committed without
getting married for one reason or another. Often times alimony payments, pension benefits, or a
Social Security entitlement could be lost through remarriage.
With the above in mind, it is truly important to be proactive about stating your wishes in writing if you
are in a committed relationship without being legally married. Intestacy is not an option for unmarried
couples because intestacy rules of succession will not recognize your partner.
Similarly, your partner would have no legal right to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event
of your incapacity unless you execute the appropriate legal documents.
Estate planning is best viewed as a core responsibility of adulthood, and everyone should have at least
a basic estate plan in place. But it is perhaps a bit more important for some people than others, and it
is absolutely essential for unmarried committed domestic partners.
If you are currently in a permanent committed relationship without having implemented an estate
plan, take action right now to set up a consultation with a licensed and experienced San Jose estate
Experienced estate planning attorneys Campbell CA of the Law Office of Roy W. Litherland offers
estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Campbell CA. To learn more about
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