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Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples

Estate Laws do not Protect Unmarried Couples

Unmarried couples do not benefit from laws which protect spouses in the event of a spouse’s death. Estate laws vary by state, but all states have intestate laws. When a person dies intestate, it means he died without a will. In that case, the court follows intestate laws in determining who will inherit the estate assets. Typically estate assets are given to a spouse and/or children.

Unmarried Couples Need a Will

For unmarried couples though, there are no rights under intestate laws. If an unmarried couple wants to leave anything to her/his partner, s/he must do so through a proper last will and testament. A properly executed will protects the interests of your partner and assures s/he will share in the estate assets.

Getting Legal Help

Experienced Estate Planning Attorney Elga Goodman understands that each family has unique needs and circumstances and she can help you create an estate plan which protects all the important people in your life. Contact us today at 973-841-5111.

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