Families come in all shapes, forms, and sizes. While estate planning is important for everyone, it is especially so for non-traditional and LGBT families. The State laws that direct what happens to your estate in the event that you do not have an estate plan (such as a will or trust) often do not recognize or apply to many LGBT and non-traditional families. For this reason, it is essential that an estate plan be created to ensure that your family is taken care of in the manner in which you intend. Medical directives and powers of attorney may be the only way to ensure your wishes are carried out as to who can make decisions for you in the event you cannot. Whether you and your partner choose to not be or are unable to be married, or if you are remarried and blending your family, it is important to learn about your estate planning options to be sure you and your family are protected from potential unintended consequences if you don’t make an estate plan.