As a member of the LGBTQ community, you have unique legal needs that call for thoughtful estate planning. Whether you are single, partnered, or legally married, you need a lawyer who understands your circumstances on a personal level.
Now that members of the LGBTQ community enjoy the right to marry and other legal protections, there are many laws on your side. At Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, we have extensive experience working with fellow members of the community and can help explain these rights and how they may apply to you.
With your guidance, we will prepare an estate plan that helps protect you and the people you care about. The completed plan will enable someone you trust to manage your finances and health care in case you become unable to do so yourself. It will also provide for the efficient transfer of your assets upon your death.
If your circumstances call for it, we can also prepare trusts to provide for minor children, minimize estate taxes or help someone with special needs who may be receiving government assistance.
Your legacy is too important to leave to chance. Our experienced attorneys can develop a thorough estate plan that will help protect you and your legacy.
Our services include the following:
- Preparing wills, durable powers of attorney, advance medical directives and domestic partnership affidavits.
- Establishing trusts to provide for children, other loved ones, or someone with special needs; to avoid probate (revocable living trusts); to benefit succeeding generations of family; or even to ensure that your pets are taken care of.
- Using an array of planning tools (such as life insurance trusts, GRATs, GRITs, QPRTs, family LLCs, charitable trusts, and charitable foundations) to help minimize estate taxes.
- Explaining the legal benefits and implications of marriage, including the advantages of having a prenuptial agreement.
- Helping unmarried individuals safeguard their estates and identify trusted individuals to manage their finances and health care if they become unable to.
- Taking steps to help mitigate the risk that hostile family members may challenge your will.
We understand the nuances and sensitive issues involved in estate planning for our LGBTQ clients. We will work closely with you to determine an appropriate plan to meet your goals and protect your legacy.
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