Unmarried people who live together long-term should protect themselves legally in writing. Finances, healthcare decisions, property rights, and after-death asset transfers should be documented, as the legal protections available to unmarried couples are not as clear-cut as for those who are married. Man-and-woman or same-sex couples can get peace-of-mind in just a few minutes with the Cohabitation Agreement software from Standard Legal! Complete details below
COHABITATION AGREEMENT LEGAL FORMS SOFTWARE
A greater number of unmarried couples are living together today with no intention of getting married -- or without the ability to get married -- for many different reasons. In most states in this country, the law usually does not recognize or give Life Partners in such a relationship many, if any, legal rights. With this software from Standard Legal, you and your Life Partner can enter into certain agreements with regard to your relationship and the property rights of each, thereby offering protection and peace of mind.
PURCHASED INDIVIDUALLY, THESE LEGAL TITLES COST $59.80. Standard Legal has priced this software at $34.95 and packaged it with specific revisions and language for Life Partner situations. These legal forms can be used by a man-and-woman couple or by same-sex partners. The following legal documents are included within this Life Partner Cohabitation Agreement software:
Cohabitation Agreements have become the legal vehicle of choice for those living together as partners without the benefit of a formal or legal marriage.
A Cohabitation Agreement is a written contract entered into by two people prior to living together. The Agreement addresses the various financial and/or property issues that may arise during the cohabitation or relationship of the parties that must be resolved if the relationship ends. Reaching agreement on these difficult issues before they arise (and while the parties are not involved in disagreements or potential hostilities) can ease the stress and anxiety that often arises should the relationship reach that end.
There are two Cohabitation Agreement legal forms provided with this software; choose the form that best meets your needs:
- Cohabitation Agreement with Specific Percentage Contribution;
- Cohabitation Agreement with Equal Contributions.
LIVING WILL - ADVANCED HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE
This software contains an Advanced Health Care Directive, which is both an evolution as well as a compilation of the traditional elements of a Durable Healthcare Power of Attorney and a Living Will. An Advanced Health Care Directive can be used to make known certain decisions and preference with regard to health care and life ending situations in a Life Partnership.
An Advanced Health Care Directive allows you to tell your doctor and your family members what kind of care you would like to have if you become unable to make medical decisions for yourself -- and what types of healthcare you would NOT like to have performed. The Advanced Health Care Directive allows you to designate more specifications than the traditional Living Will, which typically announces only your desire not to receive life-sustaining treatment if you are terminally ill or in a permanently unconscious state. An Advance Health Care Directive allows you to appoint someone you trust to speak for you when you are incapacitated.
The Living Will portion of the accompanying document allows the Principal to request that artificial life-sustaining procedures be withheld or withdrawn when he or she is unable to make responsible decisions regarding medical care.
The software also contains a Durable Power of Attorney for Property, which allows the Principal the opportunity to designate a trusted advisor to handle the financial and property aspects of his or her life should a medical emergency or long-term situation arise.
Standard Legal also includes a Notice of Final Disposition document. This document allows you to describe your wishes as they pertain to funeral arrangements and the disposition of your bodily remains. Using this document permits you to declare your desires while you are alive for specific funeral arrangements and burial or cremation (or other processes) after death. This document should be provided to your loved ones now, relieving them of having to make these choices during a difficult time. If there is no Final Disposition document prepared in advance, the law in the state where you die generally determines who will decide how the remains are handled. This document allows you to make your wishes known in advance!
By using all of these documents wisely, a person can prepare specific, detailed instructions for his or her family, partner and friends that will let them know exactly what to do should a healthcare emergency arise.
LAST WILL & TESTAMENT
This Standard Legal Software package allows non-married partners to quickly and easily create a comprehensive Last Will and Testament document that is tailored specifically to the partner's situation. In almost every state, a non-married partner will usually not receive any of the testator's property unless that person is named in the Will. As such, unless you create a Will providing that your property (some, part or all) and assets be provided to your Life Partner, your non-married partner may receive nothing under the law. As such, a Will is a powerful tool to allow your wishes to be fulfilled.
Types of Wills Provided in this Software:
- Will for Single Person with Children, Property to Children;
- Will for Single Person With No Children, Property to the Persons Named in the Will;
- Will With Specific Gifting Provisions;
- Will Directing Sale of Assets and Payment of Proceeds to Beneficiaries.
QUITCLAIM & SURVIVORSHIP DEEDS
If you need to transfer the ownership of real property from one person to another, you will need to prepare, sign and file a deed. A deed acts as the document showing the transfer of a piece of property from one person or party to another. Deeds can transfer property from one Life Partner to both Partners, or directly to the other partner if that is the wish of the property owner. To be effective, the deed must be filed or recorded with the recorder's office or real estate office in the county where the property is located. There is usually a fee for filing the deed and transferring the property.
Types of Deeds provided with this software:
- Quitclaim Deed;
- Survivorship/Joint Tenant Deeds.
WHY CHOOSE STANDARD LEGAL?
FULLY SECURE PERSONAL DATA: Our software is downloaded then completed offline, not run through an online webform that transmits your data across the internet to be stored in a database. So your answers stay completely private and secure, and your personal data never leaves your hard drive!
QUALIFIED ATTORNEY AUTHORS: All of the legal forms within each Standard Legal software title are carefully researched and written by a highly-qualified, experienced, licensed attorney.
UP-TO-DATE LEGAL CONTENT: Documents and instructions are revised any time a state or federal law, statute or administrative requirement changes. Our legal forms content is in constant review!
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS: Clear instructions are posted directly next to each question asked. No 'legal-eze' either! Standard Legal writes in a way that is "step-by-step" and easy to understand.
IMMEDIATE ACCESS: Use the software right after purchase! Get encrypted links to a download within seconds, both on-screen with your order invoice and again as a backup in an email confirmation.
EASILY DOWNLOADABLE FORMS: Standard Legal's forms can be downloaded in one .zip file, with additional state-specific documents available from the online forms server.
USE WITH ANY DEVICE: Windows, Mac, Apple, iPad, Android, Linux. Desktop PC, laptop, tablet, mobile device. Nearly any system can use the software from Standard Legal!
FREE TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Standard Legal helps its clients in any way we can. While we cannot provide legal advice, we will gladly assist you by email, phone or social media to access and use our software.
NO SHIPPING FEES: with downloadable software, there are no additional fees for handling and shipping a printed package of paper or a software CD box. Print out only the forms you need!
FREE ATTORNEY REFERRAL: If you decide that handling a situation yourself might not be wise, access our attorney referral site and find a qualified attorney to help you with your case. No charge to post your case!
LEGAL & VALID IN ALL STATES: The forms from Standard Legal are valid in every USA state and territory. Primary documents cover federal law, with state-specific language or forms provided as required.
SAVE MONEY ON LEGAL FEES: Quickly and easily create the same kinds of legal documents as a local attorney. And save hundreds -- sometimes even thousands -- of dollars in the process!
100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Standard Legal guarantees that all of the documents in our software will be accepted when completed as directed and submitted to the appropriate court, clerk, office or agency. Should any document not be accepted due to an issue with our content, we will correct that document for you at once or refund 100% of the purchase price -- or both! Complete details here.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS & SOFTWARE FILE SPECIFICATIONS:
Standard Legal software is PDF based and works on virtually all Windows, Apple, Macintosh, Android and Linux-based systems for PCs, laptops, tablets and mobile devices.
The legal forms are interactive PDFs with a questionnaire that turns the information you provide into a finished legal document using the FREE Adobe Reader. It is critical to use the most up-to-date version of Reader (currently v11) to ensure the software works correctly. If you already use Reader, check the version under 'Help > Check for Updates'. You may also use the up-to-date commercial version of Adobe Acrobat Pro to complete the forms.
Adobe Reader should ALWAYS be used as a stand-alone program or mobile app. It should NEVER be used within a web browser, as doing so significantly limits the functionality of Reader.
Links to a downloadable file are presented immediately upon the completion of your order. The initial download is provided as a .zip file which much be expanded to access the forms, overviews and instructions.
For most titles, the initial download contains everything. For titles with many state-specific documents, additional files must also be downloaded from our online forms server. Read the START-HERE.txt file included in the initial download for specific instructions. Once a file is downloaded, the forms within can be completed offline; an internet connection is not required to complete any of the forms after download.
WANT YOUR SOFTWARE ON A CD? A software CD of your legal form titles can be mailed to you for an additional $9.95 by choosing that shipping option during checkout. CD details here.
ATTORNEYS, PARALEGALS AND DOCUMENT PREPARATION PROFESSIONALS:
This legal forms software is licensed exclusively for pro se users. Those in the legal industry who wish to create custom documents for clients should review our Professional Version software