Chicago Domestic Partnerships Lawyers
Although society's attitude towards same sex couples and non-traditional families continues to improve, Illinois intestacy laws have not changed in concert with society's changing standards. There are no benefits to unmarried couples under the Illinois Intestacy Act. If you are in a same sex or unmarried heterosexual relationship, the laws that protect the surviving spouse will not provide the same protections to the surviving domestic partner. Same sex couples, as well as unmarried heterosexual couples, have no legal status. At the Law Offices of David Blocher, we understand the legal limitations imposed on unmarried couples and will help you preserve your rights through other avenues.
When a person dies without a will, he or she dies intestate. This means that the State of Illinois will determine how your assets are distributed and to whom. Your surviving domestic partner is not necessarily entitled to any portion of your estate or given any rights to make health care or financial decisions for you in the event your are medically incapacitated. If you want your partner to inherit any of your property, you must name your partner in a will or trust. While this applies to all unmarried couples, same sex couples face unique challenges because of their inability to marry. For this reason, estate planning becomes essential for unmarried couples who do not wish to or do not have the option to marry. Our firm recognizes the importance of carrying out your intentions and providing for your life partner. We can assist you with wills, trusts, health care and property powers of attorney, and domestic partnership agreements.
By being proactive with your estate planning, our firm can prepare the necessary documents to designate the person of your choice to control your assets or make important medical or financial decisions on your behalf. We will take into consideration your wishes and advise you based on your individual situation. Our attorneys are committed to finding alternate means to bring you peace of mind and protect you and your domestic partner. Contact us for a free initial consultation and learn about your estate planning options.