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Estate Planning

Estate Planning for LGBT Couples

  • Lambda Legal North Carolina Summary — Summary of NC law, including NC laws affecting LGBT domestic partners, from one of the most influential LGBT legal organizations.
  • Estate Planning for LGBT Couples — Helpful article from AARP conveying estate planning recommendations for LGBT domestic partners of any age.
  • Equality NC — Advocacy and political organization supporting equal rights and justice for LGBT citizens.

Advanced Directives

Advance Planning

  • The Conversation Project — Excellent materials for taking charge of how to communicate your end-of-life wishes to your loved ones.
  • Prepare for Your Care — Self-help website designed to help people and their loved ones prepare for medical decision-making by guiding the user through five easily understandable steps of preparation for decision-making with the help of multiple video aids. The result is a printable action plan.
  • Five Wishes — A clear, popular, user-friendly self-help guide, published by Aging With Dignity, for developing a plan for informing your doctors and loved ones of your health care and end-of-life wishes in advance of need. You may use the output to help inform your lawyer, loved ones, and medical team so that they will be prepared to act correctly on your behalf when you are not able to make medical decisions for yourself.

Serving as a Health Care Proxy

  • Making Decisions for Someone Else: A How-To Guide — Published by the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, this guide assists anyone serving in the role of health care decision maker for someone else.
  • End-of-Life Care — Acclaimed books Hard Choices for Loving People, which discusses end-of-life decision making, and Light in the Shadows, which discusses living with a life-threatening illness, from ordained health care chaplain and author Hank Dunn. These books are very reasonably priced.

Advance Directive Registries

  • Personal Smartphone Registry —. My Health Care Wishes is a smartphone app that enables individuals and their family members to store their own and each other’s health care advance directives and key health contacts and related information on their Apple or Android smartphones, and to send documents instantly and directly to health care providers by email or Bluetooth. A lite version of the app is free; the full or pro version is $3.99.
  • Cloud Registries — The trusted, non-profit Medic Alert Foundation offers cloud advance directive storage and access to first responders and medical personnel in emergencies.

Revocable Living Trusts


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