Family Law

Buying a house is more than the transfer of ownership, and entails multiple issues that need addressing. If you are living together, but are not married and not registered civil partners, it is recommended that you document a number of agreements in advance. It is also important to make arrangements for your estate in the event of your death. If the transfer of your property is executed by Hartman LMH, we offer the added service of drafting a cohabitation agreement and/or a last will and testament.

Cohabitation Agreement

For cohabitating unmarried couples/ couples who are not registered civil partners, it is recommended that you document agreements between the both of you in a notarial cohabitation agreement. This includes agreements concerning household expenses and your home and movables. For instance, you may decide that the joint home and movables will be left to the surviving partner in the event of death. Drawing up a cohabitation agreement may also be sensible for tax reasons and in order to ensure entitlement to the partner pension. We would be pleased to discuss the options and advantages of a notarial cohabitation agreement with you.

Will

Although it is a matter most prefer not to dwell on, making proper arrangements for your estate is important. In the event of your passing, your estate will be distributed among your heirs. The law prescribes who your heirs are. This may sometimes have unwanted consequences. A will allows you to determine who your heirs are, and what portion of your estate they will receive.