November 29, 2012 | by Steve Charing
Estate planning with FreeState Legal Project
GLCCB, Baltimore, Maryland, gay news, Washington Blade

GLCCB (Washington Blade file photo by Steve Charing)

Even in the wake of achieving marriage equality in Maryland, LGBT individuals and families need to take special care to protect their assets, property and relationships through small estate planning. The FreeState Legal project provides legal services, including small-estate planning services to the low-income LGBT community members who cannot access the existing service providers.

FreeState will hold a Will Power Party at the GLCCB, 241 West Chase St. in Baltimore on Dec. 11at 6:30 p.m. Low-income LGBT families and individuals will be able to consult with an attorney and begin the process of planning for their futures.

If there is a question as to whether an individual or family qualifies as low-income, they should contact FreeState Legal Project in advance at 410-625- 5428. Income verification will be requested in order to complete the offered legal services.

“LGBT families remain at risk of having unfriendly relatives and other parties intervene upon the illness or passing of a partner belonging to a same-sex relationship,” Aaron Merki, executive director of the FreeState Legal Project told the Blade. “This is an opportunity to protect against that risk.”

For more information about the FreeState Legal Project, visit freestatelegal.org.

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