LGBT Estate Planning

Maryland Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
& Transgender Estate Planning

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

An Estate Plan for Your Small Business

By Lee Carpenter

A successful small business is rightly a point of pride. It means that plans were made, risks were taken, and sweat equity was liberally invested. When things go right, the resulting enterprise may become the livelihood of the founder and members of his family. After the hope for initial success, the founder’s greatest desire may be for the business to continue after he is out of the picture.

This is easier said than done. Business “succession planning,” as it’s called, can be complicated stuff. But it can also be vital to ensuring that the business continues if something unexpected happens to an owner.

There may be only one owner who simply wants to leave the business to a family member. In this case, the owner should have a Last Will & Testament that includes a specific bequest of the business to the family member in question.

If, however, there are multiple owners and one of them dies, the surviving owners may want to purchase the decedent’s share of the enterprise. If this happens, how will the value of the late owner’s share be determined? And where will the survivors come up with the money to buy it?

A well-thought-out succession plan will address questions like these.

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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