Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples

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Nolo, Feb 15, 2008 - Law - 296 pages
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Living together out of wedlock can mean anything, especially in court -- unlike married couples, most unmarried couples don't automatically inherit or receive protection under the law. Consequently, you must document everything from property ownership and children to wills and other estate plans.

An essential resource for any unmarried couple, Living Together explains:
  • the legality of living together
  • having and raising children
  • the many types of ownership agreements
  • relationships with a prior family
  • getting authorization to make medical decisions for an ill or injured partner

    Living Together includes:
  • a complete overview of important legal documents, including a living together contract
  • instructions to filling out these documents
  • sample forms
    legal agreements as tear-outs and on CD-ROM

    The 14th edition provides the latest law in readable 50-state charts, and includes many fill-in-the-blank legal forms. It also discusses the laws covering same-sex marriages and civil unions, which are often so broad, they affect unmarried heterosexual couples as well.

    The CD-ROM that accompanies the printed version of this book includes forms or other tools; in this eBook, you'll find all those documents in the appendix or at the back of the book.
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    Contents

    An Introduction
    1
    2 The Legal State of Living Together
    5
    Why and How
    19
    Practical Aspects of Living Together
    45
    5 Renting and Sharing a Home
    67
    6 Buying a House Together
    79
    7 Starting a Family
    115
    8 You and Your ExSpouse and Children From a Prior Relationship
    127
    9 Wills and Estate Planning
    141
    10 Moving OnWhen Unmarried Couples Separate
    175
    11 Lawyers and Legal Research
    205
    Index
    267
    Copyright

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    About the author (2008)

    Toni Ihara is an anthropologist turned lawyer turned graphic artist. Toni is an original member of the Nolo family and has been involved in the modern people's law movement since its inception in the early 1970s. Co-author of The Living Together Kit and 29 Reasons Not to Go to Law School, her articles have appeared in New West, Ms. and Harper's Bazaar.

    Ralph "Jake" Warner,widely recognized as a pioneer of the do-it-yourself law movement, Warner founded Nolo with Ed Sherman in 1972. He began publishing do-it-yourself law books written by him and his colleagues after numerous publishers rejected them. Warner holds a law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree from Princeton.

    Frederick Hertz is a practicing attorney-mediator and the author of Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples (Owl Books) and co-author of Nolo's Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples and A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples. He lives and works in Oakland, California.

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