Life’s Not Fair for LGBT Couplesby John M. O'Drobinak (John M. O'Drobinak, P.C.)
You have undoubtedly heard the old axiom “Life’s not fair.” We all know that it’s true. We would like to believe that on some level, things even out and that as society progresses, things will get fairer. Maybe it will someday. But, that day is not today as most LGBT couples know all too well.
LGBT couples are gaining acceptance and legal recognition. The process is slow and it has been painful, but real progress has been made in some states. However, things still are not fair everywhere. For this reason, LGBT couples need to make sure that they have set up a legal framework to protect themselves.
One aspect of this framework is estate planning. If you want to leave your estate to a partner in a state that does not have gay marriage, you need an estate plan. If the law does not recognize your relationship, then the law will leave your property to other people. Even if you live in a state with gay marriage, you should still get an estate plan in case you ever move. Do not count on the Courts of another state to recognize the marriage. They might, and they should, but plan ahead just in case. Also, you need to be sure your funeral wishes will be carried out, just as you wish.
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