It's not pleasant to think about our own demise; however, estate planning is something that everyone should do. When people don't determine which assets go to their heirs, the courts will do the honors. If you have a will, though, it will go through the probate process. This can be expensive and time-consuming. In addition, the probate process is public, meaning that the contents of the will can be seen by anyone.
Whether couples are living in states that recognize same-sex marriage or not, they should consider the need for estate planning at any point in their lives. Even same-sex couples who are not married may want to consider plans for the future and how estate administration issues can be lessened by proper planning.