Careful Estate Planning For Married Or Unmarried LGBT Couples
Since 2015, same-sex marriages have been recognized in Tennessee and nationwide. This means that married LGBT couples have the same rights afforded to all other married couples. When you are planning your future with your spouse or partner, remember that thorough estate planning is an essential component to being prepared for any eventuality.
At Rogers, Shea & Spanos, we can guide you through all the steps needed for careful estate planning.
Call 888-521-9952 to schedule an appointment with our strategic estate planning attorneys.
Documents That Protect You and Your Spouse or Partner
Our lawyers will help you create a solid, comprehensive estate plan that accounts for a wide range of situations. Every responsible adult, of any sexual orientation, should have a basic, up-to-date will. A few other documents are critical for almost everyone, as well. These include:
- A durable power of attorney designating the person you trust most to make decisions on your behalf if you die or become incapacitated
- A living will (sometimes called an advance care plan or advance directive) documenting your wishes regarding life-sustaining medical interventions in the event of incapacity or a last illness
- An appointment of surrogate, appointment of health care agent (proxy), or comparable document assigning medical decision-making on your behalf to your spouse or partner
Couples who are not married may also want to create a domestic partnership agreement if you are in a committed relationship. If you have substantial wealth and can benefit from trust formation or other advanced planning tools, our estate law and probate attorneys are well-equipped to fulfill these needs as well.
Contact Us for Focused, Attentive Counsel
Please do not depend only on forms obtained through an online legal help source or other public resource to protect you and your partner. Estate planning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples and individuals – with or without children – is simply too important to take that risk.