Heterosexual couples and same-sex couples alike can have substantial bonds without having the formality of marriage. Seniors frequently choose to live together to protect access to pensions or other benefits. The laws governing same-sex relationships are in constant flux. At the Law Office of Amy B. Van Fossen, P.A., in Melbourne, Florida, we understand the significant challenges that unmarried couples face when planning for the future. We can guide you through the variety of laws that can impact your life should the unexpected occur and give you the peace of mind that you deserve that your wishes are followed in times of incapacity and after you pass.
Health Care And Financial Concerns For Unmarried Couples
If you or your loved one is injured in an accident or suffers a medical emergency, you need to be aware that as an unmarried partner the hospital is not required to allow you access to your partner. Frequently, biological families swoop in during a time of crisis to take over medical decisions and financial control for an incapacitated relative. We can help you craft the powers of attorney and health care directives to protect you and your domestic partner’s rights.
Our estate planning attorney has a background in financial planning and more than 10 years of experience helping individuals in Brevard County craft comprehensive plans to transfer assets following death. The state of Florida does not recognize unmarried couples as eligible to inherit assets without the proper estate planning documents in place. Whether you have substantial assets or have more modest means, you have the right to decide how your estate should be distributed.
Holistic Estate Planning Services For Domestic Relationships
Our holistic approach to elder law, veterans benefits, advance planning and protecting the interests of clients is a valuable resource for individuals who need a strategic estate plan. If you are opposite-sex seniors and partners interested in LGBT estate planning services, our approachable lawyer will intently listen to your goals to create a personalized plan appropriate for your unique circumstances.