Estate Plan

LGBT Estate Planning Issues

The attorneys at the Law Office of Elliot Schlissel have a commitment and history to helping safeguard the legal rights of the men and women in the LGBT community. We are experienced in dealing with the unique issues involved in estate planning and estate litigation for men and women who are lesbians, gay, bisexual and/or transgender. For more than 35 years we have been successfully helping same sex couples and LGBT individuals accomplish their goals with regard to wills, trusts, estate issues and specifically with problems concerning estate litigation that affects this community. Our law firm has had excellent results in our representation of the LGBT community.

Same Sex Marriage in New York

Same sex marriage is legal in the State of New York. There was a federal case called the United States v. Windsor. This case expanded federal benefits to members of the LGBT community. There are many unique and distinct issues that arise from same sex relationships and that are faced by the members of the LGBT community concerning issues involving guardianship, protection of beneficiary rights, the drafting of Wills, the drafting of trusts, healthcare proxies, powers of attorney, and estate related issues.

Old Laws Affecting LGBT Community

Many of these issues are in addition to the legal issues and problems faced by the community at large. Unfortunately there are still restrictions and complications related to laws that were promulgated long before LGBT New Yorkers came to be recognized as having the same rights as those individuals in the general community. The dedicated estate attorneys at our law office can help see to it that the transfer of assets and other issues are handled with strategies that minimize the potential for future litigation and/or legal problems concerning LGBT community members’ estates and the estates of their loved ones.

Serving the LGBT Community

Our attorneys go out of their way to do everything to comply with the laws in the State of New York regarding estate planning for the LGBT community. In situations where there are complications and/or litigation involving estates we utilize our more than 100 years of combined legal experience to help our LGBT clients achieve their goals.

Facing the Legal Challenges of the LGBT Community

Our law firm understands the challenges faced by the LGBT community when it comes to estate planning and litigation regarding inheritance rights. We utilize our experience in prior cases involving the LGBT community as well as our knowledge of the law and our well developed estate related skills to deal with these legal matters. Our law firm has the experience to deal with the estate issues involved in the unique circumstances of the LGBT community. Please call us for a free consultation. We can be reached at 1-800-344-6431, 718-350-2802 or 516-561-6645. We will help you protect your legal rights and see to it that your situation, no matter how complex, is successfully dealt with and that your legal matters are handled with the dignity and professionalism you should expect.