In addition to a Last Will and Testament, each partner should prepare several other vital life-planning documents.
Healthcare Proxy: If you are seriously injured and hospitalized as a result, your partner may not be able to visit you because he or she is not legally considered to be a member of your family in certain states. Having a health care proxy in place will allow for visitation. A health care proxy is also important as it designates your life partner as the person to make medical decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated. Failing to have this document in place would allow a remotely related relative, doctor, or health care administrator, to make these all important medical decisions for you, rather than your loved and trusted partner.
Durable Power of Attorney: A durable power of attorney is similar to a health care proxy, except it deals with your financial issues instead of your health care choices. By establishing a durable power of attorney, you can designate your life partner as the person you wish to oversee your financial matters if you cannot do so for yourself.
Living Will: : A living will expresses your wishes pertaining to being kept on life support in the event of a terminal condition from which your doctors say, with a fair degree of medical certainty, you will not recover.