A Question of Trust

CLE addresses how LGBTQ issues trickle down to trust and estate attorneys

Difficult conversations about LGBTQ issues aren’t only for activists.

Panelists during a Sept. 5 continuing legal education session in Denver discussed how clients’ identities affect trust and estate attorneys and considerations they should have, ranging from gendered terms in paperwork to ethical responsibilities. It comes down to getting comfortable with asking uncomfortable questions, the panelists explained, and attorneys’ “true north” should always be how considering LGBTQ issues will help them best serve their clients’ needs.

“We as attorneys need cultural competence to adequately represent our clients,” said attorney Elizabeth Bryant. “Gender- and sex-related nuances and complexities … are being recognized and explored more deeply in today’s society.”

The impacts of LGBTQ issues on estate and trust practice range from concrete to abstract.

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