Married LGBT Couples
The legalization of gay marriage enables gay couples to enjoy the same estate planning benefits which have long been afforded to straight couples. However, not every gay couple decides to get married. Not to mention that LGBTQ individuals may face other issues, such as lack of support from family members or complications arising from raising children who are not biologically their own.
An attorney who specializes in LGBTQ estate planning understands, not only the estate planning process, but the legal issues specific to individuals in the LGBTQ+ community.
Single & Non-Married LGBT Couples
Your specific estate planning process will vary depending on your marital status, your family situation, and the specific concerns you are looking to address for your future. Below is a list of some of the issues where the Law Office of Lynette Williams can provide assistance:
- Last will and testament. If you have non-biological children in your family who have not been formally adopted, it is important to determine who will be their guardian and stipulate the guardian in your will
- Estate Planning. An estate plan provides provisions to leave money to the people, charities, and causes that you hold dear to your heart. If you have a partner and are not married, it is especially important to create a comprehensive estate plan which will facilitate the transfer of your estate and assets according to your specific desires while minimizing estate taxes.
- Incapacity Planning. This is especially important for non-married partners who want to stipulate their partner or another designated person to make healthcare and financial choices in the event that one or both of you are unable to speak up for yourself or manage your affairs.
- Funeral Planning. Transgender individuals with non-supportive family members may be concerned about the identity that is used in memorials, obituaries, and headstones. You have the ability to create a plan which ensures that you are remembered as you wish to be remembered.
These are but a few examples of how the Law Office of Lynette Williams can assist in ensuring that your estate is handled according to your wishes. Please feel free to reach out to Lynette to discuss your specific situation, goals, and desires for your estate planning needs.