The story below broke my heart. I’m saddened by the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina. We should be seeking to protect all family units in our state, not further restrict the rights of some of our citizens.
No one should have to go through what this man went through when his partner passed away. Unfortunately, since the law does not offer the same protections to unmarried couples, this is the reality for those couples who haven’t prepared a basic estate plan.
As our small way of helping, Wiggen Law Group is offering free estate planning for same-sex couples who call in the month of May. We only ask that participants make a donation in the amount of their choosing to Equality NC or other similar organization.
This article from the New York Times discusses couples who opt not to divorce, but instead stay separated indefinitely. There can be benefits and downsides to both options. If you are considering separation or divorce, Wiggen Law Group can help you sort out the options that are best for you and your family. Read the New York Times article here.
A lot of people prefer the convenience of online document providers such as Legal Zoom. However, it’s important to remember that you aren’t paying lawyers to provide documents for you; you are paying them to guide you through the process. An experienced estate planning attorney can point out issues that you hadn’t previously considered and help you avoid costly mistakes. This article provides an overview of what can go wrong if you trust this important step in your estate planning to a “document provider” instead of seeking out the advice of an estate planning attorney.