You will be treated as “legal strangers” for purposes of state and federal laws. As a result, if you do not have an estate plan, your partner would not have the right to inherit from you, have preference to be appointed your guardian, or many other rights you would assume a spouse would have.
About Carolyn Thompson
Carolyn A. Thompson founded Thompson Law, Prof. L.L.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.