Jane and Nancy were elated when the high court passed the LGBT case in favor of them. They married a few weeks later, but sadly, Jane passed away from cancer a month ago. This was when the problems started. Nancy was instructed to vacate Jane’s house because there was no will. She tried talking to the family, but they couldn’t hear anything she said in her defense. She had to vacate.
The right to marry represents one of the most significant wins for LGBTQ Couples. However, while these couples expected things to change, the rate at which they are implemented isn’t as fast as they expected.
This judgment didn’t resolve all the issues that came with being LGBTQ Couples. The decision meant that your partner could inherit your estate according to the law. It also grants the partner access to the benefits that you are entitled to.
Well, this is a good step, but you need to understand that the win didn’t change the way other people look at you. For one, it doesn’t compel the family members to treat you differently or acknowledge your union.
One of the biggest hurdles you have to face is the family attitude towards you. If the family of your partner hasn’t accepted you as part of them, then be ready for a battle when your partner passes away.
If you fail to plan, you are merely giving your family and the court the right to make decisions regarding the estate without involving your partner. This can lead to feuds in the family, and might also lead to a costly probate process.
When it comes to having minors in the union, being legally married doesn’t automatically make your partner the guardian to the kids. He might have to adopt them anew to gain full parental rights over them.
Sadly, even with these hurdles, same-sex couples end up making a lot of mistakes that make the succession process harder. Let us look at these mistakes.