Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples

Creative Solutions for Life Partners

What happens if you or your partner dies or becomes incapacitated? Without a written power of attorney or health care proxy, you may have no legal standing in financial or medical affairs. Without a will specifically naming your partner, your portion of the estate may pass to unintended heirs.

At Cushing & Dolan, P.C., we provide creative solutions for unmarried couples in committed relationships. We draft wills, create trusts and put in place estate plans that can preserve assets and provide peace of mind.

To learn how we can help you achieve your goals, contact Cushing & Dolan, P.C., for a free consultation.

Protecting Your Assets, Providing for Your Partner

Our firm has helped many unmarried couples develop and implement estate plans.

When you meet with us in one of our seven offices in the Boston area, your attorney will take time to understand your situation. Based on your needs and goals, we will then create estate instruments designed to achieve those goals. A will and power of attorney can serve to protect assets and give you and your partner control over your assets, not a family member or the court. We can also create other specialized vehicles such as a trust, to protect your assets and provide for your family.

Creating a Cohabitation Agreement

A formal cohabitation agreement, at the outset or after you have moved in together, is the best way to protect yourself. It can address everything from distribution of property to sharing of expenses and debts.

A well-drafted cohabitation agreement can serve to protect assets, during the relationship and after a relationship breakup. An attorney at our firm can review your situation and draft a proposed cohabitation agreement that protects your rights. Cushing & Dolan, P.C., can also review a proposed cohabitation agreement and recommend improvements. Such an agreement can be created by both heterosexual and gay couples.

The applicable property division statute (Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 208, Section 34) applies only to divorcing couples. To protect your rights, obtain the advice and counsel of the Boston cohabitation lawyers at Cushing & Dolan, P.C.

Learn More in a Free Consultation

Contact Cushing & Dolan, P.C., for a free consultation about estate planning for unmarried couples. An asset protection lawyer at our firm can review your situation and create a solution to achieve your goals.