Estate planning is a complex subject, but even more so for LGBT individuals. Without a will, your assets might go to your family of birth rather than your family of choice. If you don’t name an agent under a health care power of attorney, your next of kin could keep your partner from participating in your health care decisions or even exclude him or her from your hospital room. Creating an estate plan can ensure that your person and property are managed as you wish, whether that means respecting your gender identity or protecting your domestic partner.
For more information about LGBT estate planning, please attend a seminar I am presenting here in Asheville in conjunction with the Campaign for Southern Equality on April 21 and 28. Visit the “News and Events” section of this website to learn more.