Not everyone believes in marriage, and marriage is not always about love. In fact, if we revisit history, marriage has always been an economic or social transaction. It was only late in the 18th century that it became the ultimate symbol of love and devotion. For many people in the US, a domestic partnership is enough to prove loyalty; not a legal piece of paper.
A representation of love or not, being in a partnership and unmarried can have a legal meaning for the couple. If you and your partner haven’t yet tied the knot, or if you don’t plan to, it is important to understand the implications of law (and how it applies to you). Will your partner be able to make decisions for you when you are not able to? Will they get their share of your estate if you die?
These considerations are important for the long-term, and you need a sit-down talk with an attorney. It may seem complicated, but you can make it with the right advice.
If you are part of an unmarried domestic partnership, here are some essential tips for estate planning on Staten Island.