LGBT Estate Planning

Maryland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
& Transgender Estate Planning

111 South Calvert St, Suite 1400, Baltimore, MD 21202 • 410.783.6349 • 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

Four Ways To Prepare for the Unexpected

By Lee Carpenter

In this astonishing year, where reality is even stranger than fiction, it’s hard to know what will happen next. Economic insecurity, natural disasters, and political upheaval all fuel a sense of anxiety—especially among many of us in the LGBTQ community. And of course, these worries come in conjunction with concerns about our own health and the fear of COVID-19.

In this climate of uncertainty, the best steps we can take are to control the things we can, to be ready for what could happen, even if it can be hard for us to think about. Here are five things you can do to help you prepare for the unexpected:

1. Prepare an advance directive. This legal document enables you to name someone to manage your health care if you become unable to do so for yourself. The person you choose, called your “health care agent,” can work with your doctors to help ensure that you receive the best care possible.

An advance directive also allows you to choose the type of treatment you would like to receive in an end-of-life situation, like a terminal illness. Many people simply want to be kept comfortable when the end is near. Others choose interventions, such as artificial nourishment and hydration. Whatever your wishes, preparing an advance directive will enable you make them clear to your health care agent and your doctors.

Your advance directive can also say who should make your final arrangements when the time comes. This sensitive and important responsibility would typically fall to your next of kin. Many of us in the LGBTQ community would rather name someone close to us—a dear friend or important family—to take on this role. Your advance directive is the perfect document for naming the best person for the job.

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
  • Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP
    Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP is a full-service mid-Atlantic law firm representing individuals, corporations, developers, and contractors, as well as professional organizations and nonprofits in the following areas of law: estate and trust administration, corporate law, intellectual property, employment, commercial real estate, complex civil… 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.

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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