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Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples 14th Edition

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Includes Nolo's trademark dead-on advice as well as sample contracts that can save you some legal fees. (Ken Kurson 2009-01-01)

Highly recommended. (Booklist 2009-01-01)

A detailed and useful guide for unmarried couples who want more information. (Los Angeles Times 2009-01-01)

...[an] excellent, comprehensive reference. (Modern Maturity 2009-01-01)

This guide helps unmarried couples prepare a property agreement, and clarifies the laws governing debt, public benefits, lease, home mortgages, adopting a child, wills and separation... (Reference & Research Book News 2009-01-01)

Provides lots of practical advice and also includes information about various state laws relating to unmarried couples. (Washington Post 2009-01-01)

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This new edition replaces the title: The Living Together Kit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 14th edition (March 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413307558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413307559
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By fdr on June 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
Readers should note that this book was written for unmarried opposite-sex couples only. Same-sex couples should instead read _A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples_ by Hayden Curry and Denis Clifford, also published by Nolo. Although many of the issues overlap regardless of sexual orientation, this book considers specifically the concerns facing unmarried male-female partners.
Within this scope, this book does a wonderful job of exploring every legal detail unmarried couples should consider when sharing a household. This is the stuff you'll hopefully never have to consider if your lives go happily ever after, but just in case they don't, both you and your partner will be glad to have in writing certain understandings that spouses automatically have granted to them by law. The authors make this wonderful suggestion: "Approach the task in the spirit of clarifying your understanding and preserving the shared memory of two fair-minded people." At its best, using this book will not only hammer out legal essentials but strengthen your relationship with your partner.
The book covers "living together" contracts, finances, sharing real estate (rented or purchased), estate planning, starting a family, confronting issues that stem from one partner having previously been married, and what to do if you separate. A lot of it is common sense, but common sense may vary by state, and the book does a good job of noting exceptions. It's written in plain language, and if you're not a lawyer, I guarantee you'll find stuff in here that you'd never think of in a million years but could be vitally important.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Book Reader on April 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
NOLO's Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried Couples is such a wonderful resource. I would encourage all couples who are living together to purchase and read this book. It details a little bit of history of how laws have changed regarding unmarried couples who live together. This guide has been published and updated since 1979; there have been a lot of changes!
It is clear, concise, and user friendly. There are forms to set up all kinds of agreements, whether your intention is to join all your assets and property or keep them all separate, or anywhere in between. The book includes a CD so you can modify any of the agreements you want to use.
This guide makes it clear that not having written agreements like these can cause major problems if ever your partnership should end. The guide is suprisingly informative about lots of small legal details and does provide some information about how certain laws differ from state to state.
This is a wonderful resource and I recommend it to all, including heterosexual couples who don't want to be legally married but aren't sure of their rights if they don't marry.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. Olivares on March 17, 2004
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This book is great. It made me think about a lot of things, being unmarried to my live-in partner and having a young child. However, we are moving to Illinois soon, and this book does NOT apply to unmarried, heterosexual couples there. Illinois is one of a handful of states that has laws against cohabitation. If you live in Illinois or another state that still has these types of laws on the books, none of the legal documents that this book helps you prepare are going to hold up in court. I think it's great, however, that a book like this exists and is so detailed and helpful. Cohabitating couples, especially those of us who have children together and plan to buy homes or own property together, need to know the legal issues as individuals and as a couple. I highly recommend this book, though it probably isn't worth your time if your state still has the anti-cohabitation laws.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Philanon on September 12, 2007
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Each section starts with a form and then simply explains how to fill it out. The book does a good job of explaining things in clear language, but it does not go into great detail. There is a small section on durable power of attorney and health care directives but it does not include forms. The book points you to Quicken Lawyer Personal Deluxe for that. It deals with issues that might pertain to couples receiving social security and those with children and/or ex-spouses. But I don't think there is enough information for young "DINKs" (dual income, no kids).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy H. on July 20, 2009
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Buying a house with my darling boyfriend, we wanted an agreement up front that would spell out what would occur in the unlikely event that we decided to split--but we didn't even know what to call that kind of agreement. I talked to a couple of local attorneys who offered to help me put together something like this for around $500. I made the appointment, then decided one last time to search and see if I could find something we could make work. I found this book, ordered it and canceled my appointment within 20 minutes of the book arriving at my house. The forms in the book--available in the back and on the CD--were just what I was looking for. My boyfriend and I were able to use one of the forms as a starting point for our own agreement. Took us twenty minutes to get it all filled out, and our closing attorney's admin notarized it for us for free. A great resource!
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