Families come in all shapes and sizes. With blended families, or other forms of non-traditional families, it is truly important to work with a Tennessee Estate Planning Attorney to make sure your estate is properly cared for and properly allocated in the case of your death.
With more non-traditional family units, it is crucial to make sure your household legal needs are being addressed. For example, if there are stepchildren, biological children and new spouses in the picture and you pass on, do you know for sure who will own your property? Can you be sure your children are taken care of or your new spouse is not left devastated and penniless?
In cases where a couple cohabitates but is not legally married, if one of the people falls ill, the other may not have a legal right to make medical decisions of his or her behalf, even if that was a verbal expressed wish. Not only that, if that partner dies without a will, his or her significant other may be excluded from receiving pieces of property belonging to the deceased, per Tennessee’s intestacy laws. An experienced Tennessee Estate Planning Attorney can ensure that issues are prevented should one person die and your non-traditional family is afforded the rights of a traditional family.
At Burkhalter & Associates, we can help protect those in blended families protect their interests and their assets. We can carefully create such documents as wills, powers of attorney, and advanced directives that can fit your unique situation. To speak with a Tennessee Estate Planning Attorney, contact Burkhalter & Associates right away.