Cohabiting couples. Couples in second (or third) marriages. Couples in their late-30s or 40s. Same sex couples. This website is for you. Here you’ll find information that will answer the many questions you have about your legal rights.


If you are living together in a committed relationship, whether as a hetero or same-sex couple, you’re probably wondering what’s going to happen to the property you’ve shared if you break up. Maybe you’re wondering what rights you have if your partner suddenly dies.  Perhaps one of you gets very sick, will your healthy partner be able to make medical decisions for the sick one?  There are so many legal challenges that cohabiting couples face (many of which they don’t know about) and we have information about them here.


If your in a second, third or even fourth marriage, you may be wondering how to protect the inheritance of your kids from your first marriage if you died. You might be wondering whether your step-kids are going to take your property away from you if develop Alzheimer’s or some other debilitating condition.  We’ve got you covered.


4C1A2699Attorney Andrew Garcia is the Phillips & Garcia Law attorney who runs The Living Together Law Center. Andrew is in his second marriage and living in a blended family. But, before he and his current wife were married they lived together for 8 years in a strongly committed and loving relationship. Because of these life-experiences he “gets” the issues and understands the fears that most who’ve lived together and who are in a second relationship.  He knows the “hot topics” that exist for cohabiting couples and those in second marriages. He’s studied the law in Massachusetts and knows the legal challenges that we all face.

The point is that we’ve built this site with you in mind. You’re searching for information and we’re giving it to you.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER – we are lawyers who’ve created this site and because we’re lawyers we have to give you this disclaimer. It’s important for you to understand that NONE of the information contained on this site is intended as legal advice. And, your use of the site does not create an attorney-client relationship.  If you have legal questions, we urge you to seek individual advice from a qualified and licensed lawyer in your state.


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