The LGBTQIA+ community is an important part of Maryland and is near and dear to my heart. Though the community is afforded the important rights other citizens of the state enjoy, there are unique challenges, considerations, and issues individuals in the community must face and address when exercising their legal rights. To ensure the LGBTQIA+ community members enjoy equality and continue to remain equal, it is important to understand where issues and legal matters may arise that benefit from the assistance of an experienced Maryland attorney.
Many people believe estate planning only governs what happens when you die. However, the field also covers many issues that can arise when you are alive which are critical to same-sex couples. Comprehensive estate plans detail:
Power of attorney to pay bills, handle finances and property, and make decisions on non-healthcare issues
Advance directives that appoint someone to make decisions related to your healthcare if you become unable to do so
Designating a guardian for any minor children you have
Distributing assets so they avoid intestacy – which in Maryland does not recognize a partner in a same-sex unmarried couple’s right to inherit their partner’s property
Creating an estate plan gives the person of your choosing powers you designate and allows you to ensure your wishes are carried out if you are unable to make decisions or pass away. Many times, family members of one partner who may be opposed to LGBTQIA+ relationships will try to step in, make decisions for their family member – many of which are detrimental to the partner, and ultimately exclude that person’s partner from decision-making and other benefits they would have had if their partner made their wishes legally binding. Without a comprehensive estate plan in place, they often cannot do so.
Contact a Maryland LGBTQIA+ Attorney
Individuals and couples in Maryland’s LGBTQIA+ community have been granted many rights and much more equality in recent times, however they still face unique challenges when dealing with life events and other circumstances that others do not. To address these situations head on, find desirable solutions, and take advantage of all your rights, it’s advisable to work with a skilled Maryland LGBTQIA+ attorney. We have years of experience helping clients within this community address these and other issues to live full lives and exercise their rights. Schedule a consultation with our office to learn more and get started.