LGBT Legal Issues

Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual and Transgender (LGBT) Legal Issues

Whether forming a new relationship, dissolving an existing relationship, creating a family, or drafting a viable estate plan, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (“LGBT”) community face a daunting array of conflicting and often hostile laws that their straight peers do not. For example, at the present time, a same-sex couple that is lawfully married in Massachusetts will have their marriage recognized in some states, but not others. Similarly, even if the state they reside in recognizes their marriage and allows them to file a joint local tax return, they will still have to file separate individual returns with the IRS, because the Federal Defense of Marriage Act presently prohibits the Federal Government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Whether you are an individual, or part of a couple, you need an attorney who understands your life and your relationships at a very personal level, and who is fully up to date on legal issues that affect you and the LGBT community at large.

As a highly experienced attorney in LGBT matters, Michael McHugh has represented LGBT clients on a wide variety of issues for over fifteen years, including cases involving the following matters:

  • Pre-Nuptial agreements
  • Domestic Partnership and/or Business Dissolution
  • Estate Planning for Couples and Individuals
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Custody Disputes
  • Real Estate Co-Ownership Issues and Agreements
  • Partition Suits
  • Straight Divorces Where One Parent is Gay or Lesbian