Protecting Your Rights
Estate planning is important for every family and individual, including LGBT couples, regardless of income level or the size of estate. Not only does an estate plan outline what will happen to property after you or your spouse passes away, it can dictate details about a future, enable a health care proxy to make medical decisions on your behalf or leave money to a charity.
Dallas Same-Sex Estate Planning Lawyers
Our firm will help you understand the different estate planning strategies for accomplishing your goals, which may include documents such as:
- Simple wills
- Trusts and testamentary trusts
- Powers of attorney
- Health care directives and health care proxies
- Living wills
When creating or modifying an estate plan, same-sex couples should consider issues such as inheritance instructions for intended beneficiaries, guardianship provisions for unadopted children, and documents that name the person they want to make medical and financial decisions in the event that either becomes incapacitated by illness or injury.
Since inheritance rights are not guaranteed to non-married partners, estate planning can actually be even more important for same-sex couples who are not married. At the Shapiro Law Firm, our attorneys can help you understand your rights and options with regard to estate planning. With nearly 40 years of family law and estate planning experience, we can create an effective plan in your best interests.