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Planning for LGBT Individuals

While estate planning is important for all individuals, LGBT individuals, couples, and their families have particular incentive to plan their estates deliberately. Without enforceable, written planning in place, the personal and financial affairs of LGBT people are subject to legal "default" rules that were not designed with their needs in mind.

Michigan's legal default rules favor relationships based upon court-recognized marital or biological ties and do not currently recognize LGBT relationships between unrelated loved ones or friends. Thus, the default rules may thwart the intentions of many LGBT individuals and couples. Estate planning remains important even for LGBT people whose closest relationships are with their biological family because deliberate estate planning guides and assists those who step into your shoes in the event of disability or death.

When you ignore these matters and become disabled or die without a legally enforceable, written estate plan of your own, Michigan law "writes" your estate plan for you and decides who is in charge and who gets what. The person closest to you could be shut out of decision-making in your greatest time of need. The key to enforcing your personal desires is proper planning and preparations. Contact the offices of Bieber & Czechowski, PLLC at (586) 754-1450, and let us put our decades of experience to work to ensure your wishes are carried out instead of the current Michigan default law.

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