Michigan Domestic Partner Estate Planning Attorney - Unmarried Partners Estate Lawyer
Unmarried partners need to take special care in estate planning to assure 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 and Family Law, we understand the estate planning needs of domestic partners.
Planning for the Future … Dealing with the Present
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-related family member may claim property despite a will.
Financial powers of attorney and medical powers of attorney are essential if the partners want to be able to make decisions for each other. Without the powers of attorney, a domestic partner has no legal standing. You will also need HIPAA 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 your own decisions? 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 and Family Law. From our office in Brighton, Michigan, we serve clients in Livingston County, Washtenaw County, Oakland County, and Genesee County.