If someone dies or becomes incapacitated unexpectedly, probate courts will begin to make assumptions on how to properly distribute his or her assets. As the courts in Arizona do not (yet) protect the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transsexual couples, the decisions made by the courts could very likely be opposite of what that person or couple would want.
Here at the Red Wagon Law firm, we want to protect your wishes as best as possible with our unique estate plans by using a combination of trusts, living wills, powers of attorney, HIPAA forms, and other documents that serve to preserve your wishes should anything unfortunate ever happen to you. Failing to properly set up your estate plan could place your assets and children in the wrong hands, as well as expose your personal and financial affairs to the public.
Why You Need an Estate Plan
Although everyone needs an estate plan to protect their assets and loved ones, we understand that gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transsexual couples need it more than most due to the unique challenges they face:
- In Arizona you are currently unable to legally marry your partner, so he or she will be unable to inherit your wealth unless a proper trust or will is created.
- When that awful day comes and you pass away or if you become incapacitated, your partner will have to rely on your family to pass along his or her wishes for your care or assets, as they would have no right to make these decisions without the proper forms being completed.
- Non-biological children are subject to the whims of the courts when determining guardianship.
Probate courts can be unpredictable, sometimes listening to your partner and other times treating them as if they were nothing more than a stranger instead of your loved one.
We can ensure that your wealth, loved ones, and wishes are protected and properly handled now and after your death. We want to build a personal relationship with you to give you the confidence you deserve in the planning of your estate. Red Wagon law firm specifically tailors our solution to your unique situation so you know you are getting the best options for you and your loved ones.