Living Together as a Non-Married Couple Without an Estate Plan

Non-married couples who live together in California have some significant estate planning questions they need to address. Like married couples, non-married couples face many of the issues as their married counterparts. However, when it comes to estate planning questions, non-married couples are not given the same benefits. Let’s take a look at how living together as a non-married couple will affect your estate plan. Inheritances for Non-Married Couples Once you and your partner are married, each of you automatically earns the legal right to inherit from the other should that person die. For example, if you are married, your spouse could inherit all of your property upon your death if you don’t create an estate plan. If you have an estate plan, your spouse will still be entitled to receive a portion of your property, but you can direct how you want to distribute the rest. Contrast this with non-married couples. If you and your partner have been living together as a couple for years


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