LGBTQ Estate Planning and Estate Administration
We have a long tradition of providing legal representation to members of the LGBTQ community.
For LGBTQ couples who are not in a marriage, State registered domestic partnership, or civil union, estate planning is critical to create legal instruments giving each partner rights with respect to the other partner in the event of incapacity or death. For LGBTQ individuals who are married, in a State registered domestic partnership, or civil union, estate planning is still appropriate for all of the reasons people typically do estate planning – to name alternate agents for financial and health care decision-making during life and to plan for the care of family members and distribution of assets at death.
In addition, in an LGBTQ family with children where only one partner is legally recognized as a parent to the children, estate planning is important to provide for the continued involvement of the other partner/parent with respect to the children if the legally recognized parent should become incapacitated or die.
LGBTQ individuals, whether married, partnered or single, with children or without children, need representation by attorneys who are knowledgeable about and familiar with estate planning and the law as it relates to LGBTQ individuals. We have years of experience in addressing the numerous estate planning issues that are specific to members of the LGBTQ community.
Please call (310)392-9677 or e-mail the Law Offices of Karen Knutson for a consultation with one of our experienced estate planning lawyers regarding your estate planning.