TheElder & Disability Law Firm, APC
Contact Us To Set Up A Strategy Session Toll Free:800-409-6271

GLBT Estate Planning

If you are legally married your spouse is going to be recognized as your next of kin by the law. As a result there are some built-in protections available to you even if you did not execute estate planning documents recording your wishes.

There are intestacy laws of succession that would hold sway and your spouse would be first in line. He or she would also be the individual that the medical community would consult with regarding health care decisions made in your behalf if you were to become unable to communicate for some reason.

Same-sex couples who are in long-term committed relationships may not be legally married in many cases, so there are no inherent protections. For this reason it is especially important for gay couples to be proactive about sitting down with an estate planning attorney to get all the proper documents in place.

Even if you are legally married at the moment you never know what the future holds with regard to legislative changes. Of course here in California the Proposition 8 situation is a prime example. The best way to be sure that your wishes are carried out is to take legally binding action and assert your decisions in writing.

Without question, estate planning is an absolute must for people who are involved in same-sex unions. If you are engaged in such a union and have not yet devised an estate plan you may want to take action right now to arrange for a consultation with an experienced Redlands CA estate planning attorney who is sensitive to the needs of the GLBT community.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Secure Your Future & Your Loved Ones’ Future By Planning Today.

Firm Numbers:

Firm Location:

Redlands Office
104 E. Olive Ave., Suite 103
Redlands, CA 92373

Toll Free: 800-409-6271
Redlands Law Office Map

Riverside Office
3610 Central Ave., Suite 400
Riverside, CA 92506

Riverside Law Office Map

Satellite Office:

800-409-6271 | Email