How Do I Know If a Lawyer Will Be LGBT-Friendly?

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Ensuring your lawyer is LGBT-friendly could make all the difference when navigating federal laws — you want to work with a professional whom you feel comfortable with, particularly when dealing with the emotionally charged issues that surround end-of-life planning.

There are a number of resources provided by LGBT legal rights organizations.

  • The National Center for Lesbian Rights offers help locating attorneys in your area through.
  • Lambda Legal offers legal information and resources via their Help Desk.
  • The National LGBT Bar Association provides a list of local affiliates who have member directories.

Questions to ask

Even if you do use the resources above, it is important to do your own diligence. Meet a number of attorneys so you can get a sense of personal style and content mastery.

Some questions to consider asking:

  1. Have you worked with same-sex couples before? How many?
  2. Can you walk me through the specific challenges for same-sex estate planning in this state?
  3. What is the timeline for having my documents drafted?
  4. What is the cost of having these documents drafted?

 

Updated July 6, 2015.