The attorneys at O'Byrne Law, LLC understand that estate planning and elder law needs are often layered with personal and family issues, especially for our clients that are part of the LGBTQ community. Because of this, members of the LGBTQ community may prefer to work with a team of attorneys that serve as allies and advocates for and within the community itself. Often, our attorneys have counseled clients as they struggled with giving authority over their assets and personal medical decisions to family members that may not agree with their lifestyle. These types of decisions may unnecessarily delay putting important estate planning documents in place to help the client ensure they are protected and that their wishes will be honored.
Even though same-sex marriage is legal in Maryland and beyond, our clients may decide to go with a domestic partnership or may wish to determine what the pros and cons of marriage really are before tying the knot. Such benefits of marriage can include avoiding the Maryland Inheritance Tax, receiving your spouse’s Social Security, and other state and federal benefits. The attorneys at O'Byrne Law have experience in explaining how these decisions impact your estate planning and elder law needs, while making our LGBTQ clients feel welcome and heard.
To keep up with this ever-changing area of law, our attorneys are active members within the National LGBT Bar Association and the LGBTQ Bar Association of Maryland. They also devote their time to other organizations that support members and provide services to the LGBTQ community, including FreeState Justice and the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce.
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The most important step you can take in learning more about creating your LGBTQ estate or elder law plan is to just get started. Thinking about your death or how to tackle nursing home costs can be a difficult experience but having a thorough plan in place can help bring peace of mind to you and your loved ones. Call O'Byrne Law at 410-891-6685 or fill out our online contact form to talk with an attorney that is skilled in counseling LGBTQ clients in these issues and explore your options. We offer free 15-minute call to discuss your goals.