LGBT Estate Planning

Maryland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
& Transgender Estate Planning

25 S. Charles Street, Suite 1400, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 • 410.576.4729 •


An estate plan is more than a will. It’s a comprehensive strategy for protecting yourself and those you care about.

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Provide for your children, avoid estate taxes, or help someone with special needs using this versatile planning tool.

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Married gay and lesbian couples now enjoy many legal benefits. Find out which ones may apply to you.

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Estate Administration

Settling an estate can be a daunting task. Learn what’s involved and how a probate attorney can help.

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Featured Article

Four Reasons to Consider a Living Trust

By Lee Carpenter

As an estate-planning tool, the revocable living trust is oversold, overused, and overrated. It may also be exactly what you need.

The primary benefit is avoiding probate. Also called estate administration, the probate process can take nine months or more before your loved ones receive their inheritance. Having a living trust will enable them to receive their inheritance without delay upon your death.

The trust is established in your lifetime and then, when the time comes, functions as a substitute for your will. Setting up the trust means having to retitle each of your assets in the name of the trust. Brokerages, bank accounts, and real estate all must be transferred into the trust. The process can be involved, and in the case of real estate, it means having to prepare and record new deeds.

Still, this kind of trust is a popular estate-planning tool. Some professional advisers have gone so far as to recommend that everyone have a living trust. But the trusts can be expensive and cumbersome to set up. And unless they are properly maintained, they can actually complicate your estate after you’re gone.

About Us

  • Lee Carpenter
    Lee Carpenter is a Maryland attorney whose practice focuses on estate planning and administration, trusts, and general business and corporate law. His estate-planning work includes a special emphasis on the unique needs of same-sex couples… More
  • Semmes
    Semmes, Bowen & Semmes Semmes, Bowen & Semmes is one of Maryland’s oldest and largest full-service law firms. Its practice areas include corporate & business, estate planning, real estate, labor & employment, litigation, and lobbying & government relations. Semmes is a leader in maritime law, with historical ties… More

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Your estate is too important to leave to chance. Choose an attorney who understands your needs on a personal level, and protect the people you care about most.

We have trusted Lee with our estate-planning needs for many years—first as partners and now as a married couple. He’s a great lawyer, and a real pleasure to work with.

T.S. and R.L.

Web Resources

Lamba Legal

A civil rights organization that focuses on the LGBT commnunity.

The Human Rights Campaign

A national LBGT Lobbying and Civil Rights advocacy organization.

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