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The Situation:

For very personal reasons Sarah and her partner Rick have decided not to marry. Sarah and Rick own a business together and plan to save as a family for their future together. Even as an adult, Sarah's parents can be a little intrusive and over-protective of her. Sarah is worried that if she became ill, her parents would try to take over as her caregivers.

As an unmarried couple, the default laws don't apply to Sarah and Rick. In most states, if Sarah were to be hospitalized and in need of an intervening healthcare proxy, her legal next of kin would step in to make decisions on her behalf. Her parents are her legal next of kin, not Rick, her unmarried partner. Sarah also learned that when she died, her legal next of kin would step in to make funeral arrangements and decisions around burial or cremation. Sarah contacted her PNC Wealth Strategist to inquire how Rick can gain rights to make decisions on her behalf if incapacitated or in death.

The Solution:

While brainstorming with her PNC Wealth Strategist on ideas for organizing their business and retirement planning, Sarah shared her concern about how the default laws in her state impacted Rick. Sarah's PNC Wealth Strategist recommended that she wrap as many protections around her relationship with Rick as she could. Sarah did not have any legal documents in place. She had no will, power of attorney, healthcare directive, or living will.

With competing interests between Rick and her parents, Sarah took the advice of her PNC Wealth Strategist and consulted an attorney to help her with creating legal documents and naming Rick as her legal next of kin. After the documents were executed, Sarah's PNC Wealth Strategist helped her organize her assets. Sarah learned that all of her assets needed to be reviewed, not only those that passed through her will, but also those that have a named beneficiary. Now that this process is finished for her, she can breathe easier knowing that Rick will be able to take care of her if she became ill and he won’t lose the business or their savings if she passed away.

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