LGBT Planning

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Community

There are special needs of non-traditional families and members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community that estate planning can assist with.

The laws related to this area are constantly changing.  In addition, important distinctions exist between state and federal law and the laws may even conflict with each other.  In addition, other states may not recognize the same relationship designations as the state of California.  The need for an estate plan is critical in the case of an accident or illness that renders the partner incapable of making decisions or managing his or her affairs. Without a proper estate plan, the other partner could be legally precluded from having any role in the decision-making of his or her partner’s care, managing his or her affairs or even having access to the incapacitated partner in the hospital.

Estate planning solves for the LGBT Community many issues that traditional families do not need to worry about.  A Trust can establish your domestic partner as the co-trustee or successor trustee providing management and control of your assets to your partner if you become incapacitated.  A proper estate plan assures that any surviving minor children are raised by the person designated in the plan.  A proper estate plan will provide that your named beneficiary receive your estate.  A proper estate plan will keep your relationship confidential should that be a concern.

To ensure you and your family’s future is protected and planned out to meet your desires, contact the experienced attorneys of Conway-Spatola Law today.

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