Yes. The default in state law, called “intestacy,” is designed with married couples in mind. If a married couple dies without any estate plan, the survivor will get a good portion of the assets left behind. However, if you are unmarried, unless you are in a state that legally recognizes domestic partnerships or civil unions and you have registered as such, the survivor would get nothing. Instead, the family of origin of the unmarried partner who died would get anything in that partner’s name, including bank accounts, real estate, etc.
About Maria V. Primushko
As the founder of the law firm, attorney Maria focuses her practice on helping families with estate and legacy planning, as well as other legal matters such as Personal Injury and Bankruptcy Protection. Her goal and that of her team is to provide personalized support and guidance that creates peace of mind for all clients and families, no matter how big or small their estate is.