Mar 31, 2016 - 11:21 AM
Rather than relying on a judicial determination of your marital status, the easiest thing to do is to have an elder law attorney draft Advance Directives for Healthcare, sometimes known as a Living Will and Appointment of Healthcare proxy, and possible HIPAA waivers for each of you. Without these, you will both find it difficult to override blood relatives on any healthcare decisions and if you are not on good terms with his/her family, you might not even get a chance to visit him or her in the hospital if they don't want you to be there.
While you are at it, you might also execute new wills that set out who brought what into the relationship and who gets what when you die. His or her family could swoop in at his or her death and claim it was all his or hers and you would have to spend money to defend yourself. As Barney said, nip it in the bud now.
Hope this help.s
William G. Nolan
Apr 01, 2016 - 10:11 AM
Different states may have different requirements as to the wording for this appointment therefore I would advise seeing a local attorney for assistance. I also include a HIPAA release in my documents so that the doctors and/hospitals can disclose all pertinent information.
Apr 01, 2016 - 10:13 AM
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