In light of the Presidential directive on business closures, our office will comply and be officially closed for office visits until April 30, 2020.  As has been our policy, we are continuing to work remotely and are available via telephone and video conferences.

Should you need to reach our office for any reason, please feel free to call our main line at 401-455-3500 or e-mail:

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If you require immediate legal services, we are available to you to discuss your legal matter or schedule a remote consultation. 

Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples Original

Now that gay and lesbian couples are increasingly accepted and supported in their decision to marry, as well as to form life partnerships and raise families, it remains an unfortunate reality that these couples are not afforded the same estate tax benefits as married couples under the estate law. Due to these inequities, estate planning is even more important for same sex couples.

Rhode Island inheritance laws do not treat opposite sex couples and same sex couples the same way. A same sex partner would not be afforded any rights to his/her partner’s estate unless the couple has prepared an estate plan. Similarly, a physician or financial institution is not required to honor the direction of a partner when it comes to important health care or financial decisions, unless an advance directive has been executed.

We understand the challenges that same sex couples face. We can prepare all of the legal documents needed to protect your partner, your children, and your financial interests so that your assets will pass according to your wishes.

To schedule a free initial consultation regarding estate planning for same sex couples, contact us or call 401-455-3500 to set up an appointment.

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