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Houston TX Planning for Same Sex Partners and Unmarried Couples

Houston TX Planning for Same Sex Partners and Unmarried Couples

Same Sex Partners and Unmarried Couples have unique estate planning needs. If proper planning is not done in advance and certain safeguards are not in place, then you and your loved one are potentially opening yourselves up to a host of problems. These problems could include, but are certainly not limited to trouble dealing with your loved one’s medical issues, trouble dealing with unfriendly relatives who might step in and destroy property interests, as well as medical, financial and end of life decision making and involvement, effecting numerous other aspects of your and your partner’s lives.

Your Right
Needless to say, gay, lesbian and unmarried couples are not afforded the same rights as are married, heterosexual couples. Some of the most familiar rights afforded to married couples, but not to same sex partners or to unmarried couples, include:  
  • Protections under probate inheritance laws
     
  • Preferences under rules for healthcare and disability
     
  • Ability to transfer large sums of money to one another without a gift tax or estate tax liability
     
  • Survivor’s benefits under pension, retirement and social security, alimony and other property rights upon termination of marriage
While gay, lesbian and unmarried couples do not receive these rights automatically, with proper planning, many similar protections and benefits can be created.
 

The Power of Planning
We can help protect you and your loved one by creating a comprehensive and thoughtful Estate Plan, which encompasses incapacity planning, wealth transfer planning and beneficiary protection planning.

We can also assist you in establishing a Cohabitation Agreement or a Life Alliance Agreement, which outlines asset ownership as well as liability issues for you and your partner, applicable both during your lives together and in the event of the end of your relationship.

 


Law Offices of Elyssa M. Schnurr focus their practice on Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts of all degrees of complexity, Probate, Estate Administration & Business Entity Formation. They are also available to assist with Uncontested Divorces and Mediation. They serve clients throughout the greater Houston area, including, but not limited to Houston, Bellaire, West University, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Katy, Cypress, The Woodlands, Kingwood, League City, Webster, Clear Lake, Pearland, Angleton, and throughout Harris County, Fort Bend County, Montgomery County, Brazoria County and Galveston County.



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