Who will make legal, financial and medical decisions for you if you can't? Your spouse or partner? Maybe. But if you don't have one, then who? A judge? A court appointed stranger? An unwanted family member? The Law Offices of Eric A. Rudolph P.C. provides specialized knowledge and dedicated guidance for the LGBT community that simplifies creating an estate plan to protect you and your loved ones.
On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision in United States v. Windsor declared unconstitutional Section III of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defined marriage solely as a legal union between a man and a woman. This landmark decision has far-reaching implications that significantly expand estate planning and tax-planning opportunities for same-sex married couples. Under the Supreme Court’s ruling, same-sex couples who are legally married now enjoy marital recognition at both the federal and state level. This ruling [...]
Estate Planning for the LGBT CommunityAre you or someone you love a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community?Does your LGBT loved one or you, as a member of the LGBT Community, have an estate plan?One of the biggest mistakes a member of the LGBT Community can make is failing to properly set up an estate plan – the results of which can be devastating.If you do not have an estate plan and rely upon just holding property in joint tenancy as [...]
Learn more about Estate Planning for Same Sex Couple and why it is important to have an estate plan in place.Proper estate planning by same sex couples will ensure their assets will go to whom they want, their estate will be managed by who they want, and in the event they are incapacitated, their medical decision and financial matters will be handled by the person they want. It is very important that every member of the LGBT community, whether registered domestic partners or not, creates [...]
Are you in an same sex relationship? Have you and your same sex unmarried partner created a will, talked to an estate planning attorney, or even given estate planning a second thought? If not, you need to consider doing so, not only to protect your partner, but to protect yourself as well.Each state provides you with a default estate plan if you fail to plan your own estate. This estate plan comes in the form of intestate succession laws – a set of basic, one-size-fits-all [...]
Are you in an unmarried same-sex domestic partnership? Have you and your domestic partner created a Will, talked to an estate planning attorney, or even given estate planning a second thought? If not, you need to consider doing so sooner rather than later, not only to protect your partner, but to protect yourself as well. Each state provides you with a default estate plan if they fail to plan your own estate. This estate plan comes in the form of intestate succession laws – a [...]