Domestic Partners And Estate Planning

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Wausau Wills And Trusts Attorneys

Domestic partners and same-sex couples alike must give careful consideration to their estate plan. From having a simple will in place to naming a proxy in the event of a debilitating illness, a comprehensive estate plan can be the difference between unnecessary legal battles and a smooth transition.

At Schmidt & Schmidt, S.C., we understand the challenges that couples face and can help our Wisconsin clients navigate these complexities. Clients trust us to explain the benefits of the different estate planning documents, and we ensure you understand the legal options available to you. From various contingencies to setting aside a trust for a minor child, our lawyers will learn your goals and explain how best to achieve them.

Contact our Marathon County law firm online or call 715-845-9621 today to schedule a consultation with one of our estate planning attorneys.

Family Law And Estate Planning By Contract

Property rights, pensions and inheritances are all well-settled matters of family and probate law when a married couple is involved. Depending on the finances and other factors, a couple might face complex challenges best handled by an experienced attorney.

If you are in a same-sex marriage, you may want to consider a few agreements in particular when planning for family law issues or doing estate planning. These include the following:

  • Cohabitation agreements: These agreements can cover property distribution in the event of a breakup, much like marital property agreements do for couples who are contemplating marriage or are already married. It is important that the agreement is fair and that both parties fully disclose their financial information.
  • Power of attorney: This type of agreement can give your partner the power to manage your finances should you become incapacitated. Remember, if you do not have a contract like this, the law will view your partner as a stranger and he or she will not be granted this authority.
  • Wills and trusts: Creating a will or trust that names your partner as a beneficiary will allow him or her to receive some or all of your property, as you direct, during your life or if you are deceased, as the case may be. Without a legally executed will, your partner could be left with nothing and even lose property he or she contributed to during your lifetime.

Contact Our Stevens Point Cohabitation Agreements Lawyer

At Schmidt & Schmidt, S.C., our lawyers will assist you with these creative contracts and other agreements to ensure that you can have the same legal benefits as married couples when it comes to estate planning and family law. If you have questions about cohabitation agreements or other creative solutions to the problems of being an unmarried couple, we can help.

Contact our experienced estate planning attorneys online or call 715-845-9621 today to schedule a consultation. Weekend and evening times are available by appointment. We can also meet with you in your home, in a health care facility or in another setting, if necessary. Major credit cards are accepted.