The unmarried couple (With or without minor children)
What kind of relationship do you have with your family?
Hopefully it is a good relationship, because they are the ones who will inherit your property (not your partner) if you fail to set up a Last Will and Testament. Existing Massachusetts inheritance laws do not recognize the rights of a surviving partner. As such, if there is a desire to provide for a partner, a Last Will and Testament must be drawn with specific asset distribution instructions to provide for that partner. Careful attention must be also paid to real estate (and other assets) owned jointly to determine the disposition of such property in the event of the death of either partner.