Unmarried partners need to take special care in estate planning to assure that their needs and wishes are met. Same-sex couples and unmarried opposite-sex couples should consult with an estate planning lawyer and discuss their options.
At the Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs & Disability Planning, PLLC, we understand the estate planning needs of domestic partners. Call us at 810-626-3277 for the experienced counsel you need in Michigan estate planning.
Essential Estate Planning Tools For Unmarried Partners
Domestic partners need to rely on trusts — not wills — to transfer property after the death of a partner. Wills are easier to contest. A blood relative may claim property despite a will.
Financial powers of attorney and medical powers of attorney are essential if the partners want to make decisions for each other. Without powers of attorney, a domestic partner has no legal standing. You will also need HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) medical release forms so that you have access to your partner's medical information when necessary.
Protect Your Partner And Protect Yourself
Who do you want making decisions for you if you cannot make them yourself? Who do you want to have your property? Talk to a domestic partner estate planning attorney at the Nawrocki Center. Make sure you have the documents and legal entities in place to meet your wishes.
If you have questions about estate planning for same-sex couples or unmarried opposite-sex couples or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss our services, please contact the Nawrocki Center for Elder Law, Special Needs & Disability Planning, PLLC. From our office in Brighton, Michigan, we serve clients in Livingston County, Washtenaw County, Oakland County and Genesee County.