Key Considerations in Estate Planning for LGBTQ+ Families

Estate planning for LGBTQ+ families involves unique challenges and opportunities. Understanding these key considerations is essential to ensure your wishes are respected and your loved ones are protected.

Understand Your Marital Status in North Carolina

The 2015 Supreme Court decision legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, but complexities remain. To avoid inheritance issues, ensure all past relationships are legally dissolved. Some couples might unknowingly remain married due to variations in state laws before 2015.

Comprehensive Planning Beyond a Will

A will is crucial, but additional documents are necessary for comprehensive planning:

  • Power of Attorney: Grants your partner authority to make decisions on your behalf.
  • Trusts: Help manage and distribute assets smoothly, avoiding probate disputes.

Healthcare Directives in North Carolina

Explicit documentation of your medical wishes is vital:

  • Health Care Proxy/Power of Attorney: Designates someone to make medical decisions if you’re incapacitated.
  • Living Will/DNR: Specifies your preferences for medical treatment.

Parental Rights and Adoption

Secure legal parentage for non-biological parents through adoption. In North Carolina, second-parent adoption ensures both parents are recognized legally, safeguarding your children’s inheritance rights.

Consulting Professionals

Estate planning for LGBTQ+ families involves unique complexities that generic online services may not address. Working with an attorney who understands these issues ensures comprehensive protection and clarity.

For tailored guidance in estate planning, contact the experienced attorneys at Brady-Cobin Law Group. We understand the unique needs of LGBTQ+ families and can help you address the details to protect your loved ones. Don’t hesitate to call us at (919) 980-9718 to schedule a consultation today.