In June of 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States of America released their opinion for the case of Obergefell v. Hodges. The Court wrote:
“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
Now, more than ever, estate planning is especially important for members of the LGBT community. Although the decision in Obergefell made same-sex marriage legal throughout the United States, many LGBT couples still do not plan to marry. It is important to keep in mind that you can still leave property to your partner, but you must have a valid Will in place to ensure that they receive that property. Additionally, without a Power of Attorney or Advanced Directive, your partner will not be able to participate in your financial or medical affairs should you be unable, or unwilling, to do so yourself.
The Law Offices of Matthew S Feinman is committed to helping LGBT couples get all of the protections that the Constitution of the United States grants them, and to ensure that each couple’s estate planning needs are satisfied and prepared for the long term. Don’t let the chance to protect the ones you love go by for another day. Contact us and set up your estate planning appointment today.