Life Partners With or Without Children
Estate Planning To Protect Your Life Partner Is Just Not Optional
Our lives are constantly evolving and so are our relationships. You may have a partner that you have not married or legally planned for, who you want to inherit some or all of your assets. But, as things stand right now, your entire estate may go to your children from a prior marriage. This could create a reality where your current partner is evicted from the house you share if something happens to you before your plan is prepared or updated.
In so many ways, estate planning is almost MORE important for you when you are in an unmarried relationship with your life partner.
And if you have children together, it is exponentially more important for you to get your estate planning handled right.
The law does not protect your life partner. Period.
You have to take action yourself to ensure you will have access to your loved one’s hospital bedside and that your life partner will have access to you if you are hospitalized.
If you do not take action, it is very likely that the person you love most in the world could be blocked from being with you in an accident, making health care decisions for you, deciding what you are nourished with if you can’t decide for yourself, or who gets to see you.
And that’s just your healthcare.
Without the protection of estate planning, which includes, at a minimum, a will, healthcare power of attorney and a power of attorney over financial decisions, the person you love most in the world could be thrown out of your house, ejected from your business, or locked out of your finances.
If you have children together, your children could have more rights over your life partner's care than you do.
Estate planning when you are unmarried should not be optional. It should be treated as a matter of life or death for the people you love most.
We know you are busy. But something can happen in an instant. And if you’ve done no planning or you have done planning long ago, now is the time to jump in and protect your partner. With education, information and a personalized planning session, you can curate an estate plan for your unique family dynamics, so everyone is on the same page, protected, and prepared when something happens to you.
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