LGBT Estate Planning

Maryland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
& Transgender Estate Planning

500 E Pratt St, Suite 900, Baltimore, MD 21202-3133 • 410.332.8626 • info@mdlgbtestateplanning.com

Estate
Planning

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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Trusts

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

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Same-Sex
Marriage

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

When Should You Write Your First Will?

By Lee Carpenter

The idea of being “proactive” has never held much appeal. Burglar alarms are often installed only after the house has been looted. Trip insurance is frequently purchased for the vacation after the one that goes awry. And yes, barn doors have been known to be locked after the horse has been stolen.

The same is true of having a will prepared. It’s one activity that can’t be put off until after the need arises. Instead, it is often some galvanizing life event that first prompts someone to prepare a will.

  • “My mother died and her estate was a mess. I want to make sure my partner and children aren’t burdened by my poor planning.”
  • “I am going on a vacation and will be traveling by air and sea. It will be easier to relax if I know my affairs are in order, just in case!”
  • “I am having surgery and want to make sure my will is ready, on the off chance things don’t go as planned.”
  • “We are getting married, and I heard that if I were to die, my spouse wouldn’t get all of my estate. I want a will to make sure he gets everything.”
  • “I was in a serious car accident, and I realized that if I hadn’t survived, my partner would have inherited nothing from my estate. I need to make sure she is protected in case I’m not so lucky next time.”

Instead of waiting for a wake-up call, when should you write your first will? For those of us in the LGBT community, having a will prepared can be especially urgent.

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
  • Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
    The Best of Both Worlds Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP is a full-service law firm that offers you the national reach and sophisticated experience of a large firm and the local connections and value of a boutique firm. This combination of reach and… More

Protect What Matters

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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