Things are changing for same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage is seeing growing acceptance, both socially and legally on a federal and state level. Same-sex couples aren’t the only “alternative” families. There are a growing number of people choosing to have children without waiting to get married first. Just because the law permits these “alternative” families doesn’t mean that laws affecting them are up-to-date.
Who Receives an Estate When There is No Will?
Estate planning is the process of declaring how you wish your assets to be distributed after your death. This involves legal documents, but it should also include provisions for disability. If you haven’t written a will, then your assets typically transfer to next of kin if you are not married to your partner. For couples who aren’t married, this means that your assets may go to a sibling or parent instead of your partner if you haven’t made legal arrangements for your estate. It may also mean that in case of a medical emergency or disability, your partner will not have legal authority to act on your behalf. Without the proper legal documents, a family member, such as a parent, may be given that authority, even if you aren’t close or haven’t spoken in years.
No one enjoys thinking of death, but estate planning is a vital undertaking, especially for same-sex couples. You can’t assume that just because you have clearly chosen a partner, the law will honor that choice. The first step in planning your estate is contacting a Palm Springs same-sex law attorney. This attorney specializes in same-sex family law and will be able to help you organize your estate to make sure your family is protected.
Our Palm Springs Same Sex Law Attorneys Have the Experience You Need
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