The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, Highlights The Importance Of Estate Planning For Non-Married Life Partners.
Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm Owner, Shannon Pawley, directs her attention to unmarried life partners, a group that is growing as divorce and marriage both decline and suggests these partnerships will benefit greatly from having an estate plan in place.
DECATUR, GA, November 19, 2021: Shannon Pawley, Owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, has posted a new blog on the law firm’s website entitled “The Unique Estate Planning Concerns of Non-Married Life Partners.” Ms. Pawley points out that unmarried partners are not legally considered as “family.”
Pawley states, “The divorce rate is the lowest it’s been in a decade. The number of people getting married is also at record lows. But” she adds, “what may be contributing to both of those statistics is a number that’s up and continuing to climb: the number of unmarried life partnerships.”
According to Pawley, “This population group faces unique estate planning challenges. Unmarried partners do not have the same legal privileges as married couples. In fact,” she states, “if one of the partners should become incapacitated, ill or die, without properly executed estate plan documents, the surviving partner will not be entitled to anything.” She emphasizes, “They may not even be able to visit their partner in the hospital.”
As Pawley explains, “Far more important than the dispersal of assets and other belongings (though this is also important) is having a health care proxy, advance medical directive or living will and a financial power of attorney. Without these two important documents,” she asserts, “if you or your partner becomes unable to make medical decisions or take care of financial matters, there might not be anyone to do so.”
The entire blog can be read at LINK HERE
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The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm was established to serve the legal needs of retiring citizens. The Firm focuses its entire practice on providing strategies to protect independence, privacy, assets and taxes from the government. Shannon Pawley has grown her law practice by providing excellent customer satisfaction with personalized wealth protection plans.
About Shannon M. Pawley, J.D., LL.M
As the owner of The Estate & Asset Protection Law Firm, Shannon M. Pawley and her entire team share a passion which focuses on being able to serve the legal needs of retiring individuals. In our firm, WE BELIEVE that people should not have to lose everything they’ve worked a lifetime to earn and that every person is an individual who deserves respect and the highest quality of life possible, regardless of age or ability. We also believe that privacy and protection are the keys to personal peace. Born and raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia to a tightknit family with strong military service roots, Shannon learned from an early age the value of hard work and the importance of social awareness to ensure you always leave a situation in a better place than how you entered it. In her junior year of high school, Shannon served as U.S. House of Representatives Page during the 101st United States Congressional Session in Washington, D.C. This experience exposed her to numerous new cultures and worldly issues. Walking away from her experience as a U.S. House of Representative Page, Shannon knew that she wanted to pursue legal studies and be able to assist others in obtaining the best results available in difficult situations.
Shannon earned her undergraduate degree at North Carolina Wesleyan College and pursued a law degree from Michigan State University College of Law. After obtaining her law degree and becoming a licensed attorney in Michigan, she continued her educational pursuit by acquiring a LL.M. (Master of Law) in Taxation from Wayne State University. After moving to Georgia in 2018, Shannon obtained her Georgia law license and has enjoyed being able to pursue her desire of ensuring persons are able to age with dignity, grace and independence.