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Estate planning for unmarried couples (Feb. 23)


Unmarried couples, regardless of how committed, are treated as strangers in the eyes of the federal government. In Hawaii, we have reciprocal beneficiary laws, which provide unmarried couples, if registered as reciprocal beneficiaries, some of the same legal rights provided to married couples. However, this is state law and not recognized by the federal government.

United States’ tradition of favoring the institution of marriage presents unique challenges for estate planners who have unmarried clients regardless whether the unmarried couple is same-sex or opposite sex.

From 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the Kailua-Kona Public Library, John G. Roth, West Hawaii director of the Young Lawyers Division of the Hawaii State Bar Association, will present a program to help unmarried couples make informed decisions regarding their estate planning.

On the agenda: Who will make decisions for you if you become incapacitated? Who will receive your property after your lifetime? Will you be able to visit your partner in the hospital? Who will make the decision whether you should be on life support?

This presentation will be followed by a short question-and-answer period.

Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries, Kona, this program is offered free to the public.

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