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What are the legal rights and benefits offered by marriage?

by | Jan 27, 2015

1.    File joint income taxes.

2.    Create a family partnership under federal tax laws.

3.    Create a marital life estate trust.

4.    Receive spouse’s social security disability, unemployment, veteran’s pension, and public assistance benefits.

5.    Receive a share of your deceased spouse’s estate under intestate succession laws.

6.    Create an estate tax marital deduction.

7.    Sue a third party for your spouse’s wrongful death and loss of consortium.

8.    Receive family rates for insurance.

9.    Avoid deportation of a non-citizen spouse.

10.    Enter hospital intensive care units, jails, and other places where visitors are restricted to immediate family.

11.    Make medical and financial decisions about your spouse in the event of disability.

12.    Claim the marital communications privilege.

Written by Linda Vanden Heuvel

Linda is a skilled litigator but also has the ability to negotiate favorable settlements on behalf of her clients. She saves her clients time, money, and emotional distress through settlement negotiations.
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