Couples who are either unable or unwilling to get married face particular challenges with regard to estate planning. If one person wants to leave property to his or her significant other, he or she needs to have a will in place that states these wishes. This is also the case with guardianship of children, should anything happen to the primary parent. Conversely, if an individual does not wish to appoint guardianship or leave property to the other, he or she must take steps to ensure a common-law marriage isn't established. Regardless of whether you are in a common-law marriage, domestic partnership or other cohabitation arrangement, it is wise to seek legal guidance from an experienced lawyer.
Comprehensive Estate Planning That Meets Your Needs
At Tolison & Williams, Attorneys at Law, LLC, I provide comprehensive estate planning for unmarried couples that accounts for the unique factors of their situations. I have extensive experience assisting all types of clients who want to preserve and protect their future, family and assets.
Depending on your unique situation, we may recommend any combination of the following estate planning tools:
- Wills — Gives your partner real estate and other assets, grants guardianships, and names him or her as personal representative of your estate
- Health care powers of attorney — Grants the other person the ability to make medical decisions for his or her partner in the event of his or her incapacitation
- Financial powers of attorney — Grants another person the right to make financial and business decisions on your behalf in case of severe illness or incapacitation
- Living wills — Allows you to determine who will carry out your final wishes, make funeral arrangements and other considerations
- Designated beneficiary agreement — Allows two unmarried individuals to give one another legal rights, benefits and protections
- Domestic partnership/cohabitation agreement — Designates the rights and responsibilities of each party during the relationship and establishes provisions in the event of a separation
- Real estate partnership agreement — Details the initial investment interests of each party to a home or other piece of real estate
- Separation agreement — Provides instructions for division of property, pet ownership and other arrangements in the event of the dissolution of your relationship
Discuss Your Case With a North Denver, Colorado, Attorneys
The first step in planning for your future as a couple is to contact my law firm for a consultation. Call 800-331-0745 or send an email using the online contact form.