Estate Planning and Probate Attorney
Eric S. Kane, P.L.

Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples

Unmarried couples are not afforded the same legal rights as legally married couples.
In the event of a disability, without proper documentation, an unmarried person may not be able to take care of his or her partner and make important medical and financial decisions on his or her partner’s behalf. 
Without the execution of a valid will, an unmarried person’s probate assets under Florida intestacy law will go to the next of kin and will not be inherited by his or her partner.
Devising an estate plan is of further importance because unmarried partners are not eligible to receive the gift and estate tax marital deductions that are provided to spouses.
Therefore, at a minimum, unmarried partners who view themselves as a family unit may execute a basic estate plan which includes the following documents:
  • Revocable Living Trust and Pour Over Will
  • Will
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Designation of Health Care Surrogate with HIPAA Provisions
  • Living Will
  • Pre-Need Guardianship Designation
  • Grantor Retained Interest Trust (GRIT)
To learn more about planning for unmarried couples and advanced estate planning techniques that may benefit you and your loved ones,



The Law Office of Eric S. Kane, P.L. is located in Aventura, a municipality located in Miami-Dade County and serves clients throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Eric S. Kane, P.L. consistently represents clients’ legal needs for probate and estate administration with service to Aventura, Miami, Hallandale, North Miami, Miami Beach, Hollywood, Miramar, Wilton Manors, Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, and all areas of Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, and each county throughout Florida.

Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples - Miami - Eric S. Kane, P.L.

20900 NE 30th Avenue, Suite 403
Aventura, FL 33180

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Eric S. Kane has served as Special Magistrate for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in and for Miami-Dade County and has served as Court Appointed Receiver for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in and for Miami-Dade County. Mr. Kane frequently lectures on the topics of probate administration and estate planning.

A client has many choices in the selection of a Florida Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer. Mr. Kane graduated cum laude with a J.D. and L.LM from the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida and earned a B.A. in Government and Latin American Studies cum laude from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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