Yes. The default in state law, called “intestacy,” is designed with married couples in mind. If a married couple dies without any estate plan, the survivor will get a good portion of the assets left behind. However, if you’ve not married, or you are in a state that does not recognize domestic partnership or civil union, your survivor would get nothing. Instead, the family of origin of the partner who died would get anything in that partner’s name, including bank accounts, real estate, etc.
About Carolyn Thompson
Carolyn A. Thompson founded Thompson Law, P.C. in 2003 in order to create an estate and business planning law firm that helps pass on the legacy, values, and stewardship of its clients. Carolyn has sought out, developed, and trained attorneys dedicated to listening to a client’s life story, including their goals and concerns, and to creating a customized estate or business plan to address the individual circumstances of each client.