Estate Planning For LGBT Couples In Pennsylvania
When a person dies or becomes incapacitated as a result of an illness or accident, our laws make certain assumptions about what should happen. For an LGBT family, unfortunately, those assumptions may be the opposite of what the person would have wanted.
At Rowe Law Offices, P.C., our attorneys provide estate planning and probate services for LGBT families. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your concerns. From our offices in Wyomissing and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, we serve Berks, Lancaster, York, Schuylkill and Lebanon counties and the Lehigh Valley.
What Will Happen If I Die Or Become Incapacitated?
If you have a well-crafted estate plan, including a will, powers of attorney and a living will, those documents will spell out what will happen to your assets when you die and who has the legal authority to make decisions for you if you are incapacitated. Without an estate plan, courts will make certain assumptions.
Under our state’s law of intestate succession, a deceased person’s assets may go to his or her surviving spouse and children. If the person does not have a spouse or children, assets may go to parents, siblings or extended family members such as grandparents, aunts and uncles. An unmarried partner or child who is not biologically related or adopted may receive nothing. This is one reason why child custody and adoption are so crucial.
Our lawyers help LGBT families craft the legal documents they need so that their desires will be respected. We also represent LGBT partners in probate disputes.