Protecting Your Same-Sex Marriage with Estate Planning

With the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade last week, many people are concerned that other fundamental privacy rights are in jeopardy. If you are in a same-sex marriage and you are worried about the Supreme Court overturning Obergefell v. Hodges, or if your spouse is a different color than you and you are concerned about the Supreme Court overturning Loving v. Virginia, you may not be able to protect all of your marital rights through the use of estate planning documents, but you can protect some of them.

Guardians—What You Don't Expect When You're Expecting

As with most adventures in life, we rarely plan for the end while we’re at the beginning, but every parent (new or seasoned) has the responsibility to choose someone to care for their minor children if they are no longer able to do it themselves. In California, this person is called a Guardian, and the nomination of a Guardian is appropriately included in your Will.

The Most Expensive Estate Plan

When planning your estate, there are several costs to consider. These costs include the dollar cost that you pay for your estate planning, the dollar cost that your Beneficiaries will pay on your death, the time your Beneficiaries will have to wait to receive their inheritance and the degree of control you have over what happens with your estate (who will manage the process and who will receive the benefit.)

This article examines the cost of estate planning for an estate of $500,000.

Inclusive Language

We at California Trusts Online believe that you are who you are and you love whom you love. We serve underserved communities—those who do not need complex estate planning, those who do not have the resources for a traditional attorney-client relationship, and those who may not fit the traditional ideas of gender and relationships. We welcome the LGBTQ+ communities. We strive to include all forms of relationships and concepts of family.

How Documents Work Together

For the vast majority of clients, a complete estate plan includes four documents: a Revocable Living Trust, a Pourover Will, a Financial Power of Attorney and an Advance Health Care Directive. Each document covers a different set of concerns, different assets, and different effective time periods. The two basic set of concerns are financial and health care. The two basic time periods they cover is either before or after death, and the two basic types of assets are Trust and non-Trust assets.