Navigating LGBTQ+ Estate Planning: Insights from the Elder Law Report

As we celebrate Pride Month, it’s essential to address the unique legal challenges that the LGBTQ+ community faces, particularly in estate planning. In a recent episode of the Elder Law Report Podcast, attorneys Samantha Gordon and Jane Dearwester, alongside Morgan Woody, McIntyre Elder Law’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer, discussed critical aspects of LGBTQ+ estate planning. This informative discussion highlights key considerations and offers valuable guidance to ensure your wishes are respected and your loved ones are protected.

The Importance of LGBTQ+ Estate Planning

Estate planning is crucial for everyone, but for LGBTQ+ individuals, it’s particularly important to ensure their rights and wishes are honored. Traditional estate planning approaches may not adequately address the specific needs and concerns of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Considerations for LGBTQ+ Couples

Understanding the legal recognition of your relationship is a foundational step in estate planning. Whether you are married, in a civil union, or in a domestic partnership, the legal status of your relationship can impact your estate planning decisions. Recognizing these distinctions helps in crafting a plan that accurately reflects your relationship and ensures your partner is protected.

Protecting your partner and family through comprehensive estate planning is a key focus. Without a solid estate plan, your partner may face legal challenges, especially in states that do not fully recognize LGBTQ+ relationships. Proper documentation, such as wills, trusts, and powers of attorney, can provide peace of mind and security.

Key Documents and Strategies

The podcast covered essential documents and strategies specific to the LGBTQ+ community:

  • Wills & Trusts: Ensuring your assets are distributed according to your wishes, with trusts offering additional privacy and protection.
  • Powers of Attorney: Designating someone you trust to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated.
  • Advance Directives: Clearly outlining your healthcare preferences to avoid potential conflicts and ensure your wishes are followed.
  • Beneficiary Designations: Regularly updating beneficiaries on life insurance policies, retirement accounts, and other financial assets.

Addressing Unique Challenges

Unique challenges, such as navigating parentage laws and protecting non-biological children, were also discussed. Establishing legal parentage through adoption or other legal means is vital to secure your child’s future.

Celebrating Progress and Advocating for Change

While significant progress has been made in recognizing LGBTQ+ rights, it’s important to continue advocacy for further equality. Pride Month is a time to celebrate achievements and recognize the work that still needs to be done. By advocating for equal rights and protections, we can create a more inclusive society for everyone.

FREE Guide to Non-Traditional Estate Planning

To further assist the LGBTQ+ community, McIntyre Elder Law offers a FREE guide to non-traditional estate planning written by attorney Jane Dearwester. This comprehensive resource provides detailed information and practical tips to help you navigate the complexities of estate planning and protect your loved ones.

Download your free guide today at


Estate planning is a vital step in securing your future and ensuring your wishes are respected. By addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ+ individuals and couples, you can protect your loved ones and achieve peace of mind. This Pride Month, take the time to review and update your estate plan, and seek professional guidance to navigate the complexities of LGBTQ+ estate planning.

For more insights and information, listen to the full episode of the Elder Law Report Podcast and download your free guide at McIntyre Elder Law.

Free Consultation Offer

For personalized assistance and a free consultation, call 1-888-999-6600 or visit

Jane Dearwester

Elder Law Litigation Attorney

McIntyre Elder Law

Hendersonville, NC

Samantha Gordon

Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney

McIntyre Elder Law

Charlotte, NC

Morgan Woody

DEI Officer & Marketing Director

McIntyre Elder Law

Charlotte, NC

Listen to the Elder Law Report episode below!

Blog Categories
Get the Latest Updates
Greg McIntyre, JD, MBA

Meet Greg McIntyre

Greg McIntyre, founder of McIntyre Elder Law, is more than just an attorney. As a Navy Veteran, father to six kids, and a loving husband, he values family deeply. This drives his commitment to helping clients safeguard their futures and pass down legacies.

Greg has a passion to help people. Beyond just legal advice, he loves having conversations and strives to build a long-term relationship with every clients that comes through his door.

Connect with Greg

Act now to secure your legacy and protect your loved ones.

At McIntyre Elder Law, we’re dedicated to assisting North Carolina families, seniors, and their loved ones as they plan for the future.

Whether you need to prepare for future long-term care, access Medicaid or nursing home benefits, or need help settling a loved one’s estate, we’re here to support you.

Contact us for a complimentary consultation to take the first steps towards safeguarding your lifestyle, your legacy, and your family’s wellbeing.

Before you go!

The Elder Law Handbook

Your comprehensive guide to safeguarding your financial well-being and ensuring your legacy stands the test of time. Download the FREE handbook today.

By providing your phone number, you agree to receive text messages from McIntyre Elder Law. Message and data rates may apply. Message frequency varies.

Skip to content