W. Frank Ward, PC - Marietta Estate Planning Attorney

Experienced Marietta Estate Planning Lawyer For Same-Sex Couples

In Georgia, estate planning for same-sex couples is possible, but it can be complex. To ensure that loved ones receive the benefits as you and your partner wish, it is important to seek the counsel of a lawyer who knows how to work within existing laws to establish a secure plan.

I'm attorney W. Frank Ward. I have been helping Georgia individuals and families with complex estate planning needs for 19 years. As a Marietta estate planning attorney who assists same-sex couples, I minimize the intrusion of Georgia laws that object to same-sex relationships so that gay and lesbian partners can address estate planning issues and consider all available resources. With the various family dynamics that can be part of any estate planning process, I will work to protect your wishes from any improper interference while preserving family harmony to the fullest extent possible.

Cobb County Estate Planning Attorney Who Addresses Same-Sex Couples' Concerns

Because Georgia does not recognize same-sex unions or marriage, couples must prepare specific documents to ensure that partners can make medical decisions for each other when the need arises. We will work together to ensure that each partner is protected, but a couple must prepare estate planning documents as individuals. For example, when considering estate tax planning, those in a same-sex relationship qualify only for individual exemptions, not dual exemptions.

Given these particular estate planning conditions for gay and lesbian couples, it is important to work with an attorney who will take the time to understand your unique situation, someone who will collaborate with you to secure your wishes. I make that process easier to navigate. When addressing estate planning issues, together we can consider multiple options, including:

  • Trusts
  • Living trusts
  • Wills
  • Powers of attorney
  • Advance health care directives
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Estate tax planning

With my understanding of the law, I can collaborate with any couple to create a plan that fits their unique needs, and I can ensure they are confident with their legal decisions.

Contact Me For Experienced, Professional Legal Service

Call me at 678-905-8753, toll free at 866-970-7268 or send me an email to schedule a no-obligation consultation. I can accommodate your schedule, including night and weekend appointments, and if necessary, I can travel to meet with you.


At my law firm, W. Frank Ward, PC, I represent Georgia residents in Marietta, Smyrna, Atlanta, Dunwoody, Roswell, Fair Oaks, Vinings, Sandy Springs, Kennesaw, Acworth, Powder Springs, Dallas, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Cumming, Conyers, East Point, Alpharetta, Mableton, Carroll County, Cobb County, Cherokee County, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Douglas County, Gwinnett County, Rockdale County and Paulding County.