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REGULAR CHURCH-YEAR SCHEDULE, with services at 8:30am (Chapel) and 10:45am (Sanctuary), and Sunday School for all ages at 9:30am.
St. Paul UCC will be hosting a session on legal issues associated with death and dying (e.g., wills, estate planning, etc.) with attorney Lee Carpenter (bio follows), at noon in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, 9 Feb 2020.
A light lunch will be provided.
This session has been planned in light of the very recent, untimely death of a dear parishioner who did not have a DNR, Living Will or other legal documents in place. As a result, his family was left making decisions “in the dark.”
“Lee Carpenter is a Maryland attorney whose practice focuses on estate planning and administration, trusts, and general business and corporate law. His estate-planning work includes a special emphasis on the unique needs of same-sex couples and other members of the LGBTQ community.
Lee works with clients at all asset levels to develop comprehensive estate plans using wills, powers of attorney, advance medical directives, real estate deeds, and other planning tools. Depending on the client’s individual needs, he may also prepare trust documents to help reduce estate taxes, provide for minor children, or care for people with special needs.
As an active member of the community himself, Lee has testified before the Maryland General Assembly in favor of pro-LGBTQ legislation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and volunteer attorney at FreeState Justice, which provides free legal services to Maryland’s low-income LGBTQ residents.
Lee attended the University of Maryland School of Law, where he teaches Estates & Trusts as an adjunct professor. He is a frequent author and lecturer on topics related to estate planning and LGBTQ law.”