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Do domestic partnerships or civil unions provide all the benefits of marriage?
I’m married, why do I need to plan?
Can my spouse or partner handle my financial affairs if I am incapacitated?
Can my spouse or partner make Medicaid decisions for me if I’m sick?
How can I be sure that I will be allowed to visit my spouse or partner in the hospital or assisted living facility?
Can I make decisions about my spouse or partner’s remains?
Will my spouse or partner be appointed guardian of my minor child?
Unless your spouse or partner has adopted your minor children, a court would decide what would be in the child’s best interest. Typically, your family of origin and that of the child’s other biological parent are given preference by the court. However, in your last Will, you can nominate your spouse or partner to be the guardian for your minor child. The court will then give weight to your suggestion while weighing what is in the child’s best interest.