People who choose to live with siblings, individuals who have chosen to remain single and others involved in "more than two" relationships that are not legally recognized in South Carolina
face unique legal concerns. When your familial situation is not recognized or
sanctioned by the state, it is important to plan ahead.
The fear is not imaginary. You don't want to leave only obligations and grief to
the people you love. They need legally binding authority from you to receive
assets if you die, manage assets if you are not able to, or make medical
decisions for you when you cannot do so yourself. Unless you are prepared,
if you are incapacitated, often your "next of kin" are the default parties to
have decision-making authority instead of your closest loved ones. If you pass
away, your "next of kin" will automatically inherit all of your assets, rather
than your life partner, unless you leave a will saying otherwise.
This fear does not have to be a reality. We can give you the tools you need to
protect your rights and implement your wishes. We will work with you to create
the documents you need to protect your family, including the following
- A Last Will and Testament
- An expression of your desires for a guardian for your children
- Durable healthcare and financial powers of attorney
- Domestic partnership agreements or cohabitation agreements
- Living and revocable trusts
- A review of beneficiaries for insurance, 401(k)s, pension plans and other
We can also take care of all your other family law
and estate planning issues, including
child custody and
child support modifications. Many
situations can be resolved amicably through mediation
and informal settlements. Mediation allows you and
your former partner to work through the issues together without expensive
litigation to create mutually agreeable solutions.
Every family is unique, and every nontraditional family has different
circumstances and challenges. The Upstate Law Group understands and cares
about ALL families and the struggles they face. We will work with you to develop
a unique plan that works for your
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal
advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual
situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and
electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship.
Please do not send any confidential or time-sensitive information to us until such time as an
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