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Recent Estate Planning Updates For Same Sex Couples

It was a big week for same sex couples with several huge stories with a potential impact on estate planning for same sex couples. At the federal level was President Obama's announcement on February 23, 2011 that the Department of Justice will no longer defend the constitutionality of DOMA...

What Now For Same Sex Couples In New York? – Estate Planning Thoughts

Having not posted anything for a while it seems appropriate that my return-post - if I can be dramatic about it - should be on the subject that I've dedicated a fair amount of screen space to, that of marriage equality. So thanks to NYC for bring me back to the blog-o-webs! Now that the...

New York's Marriage Equality Act and Its Impact on Estate Planning

The New York Marriage Equality Act was signed into law on June 24, 2011 and recognizes the right of same-sex couples to marry in New York State. In this Analysis, Professor William LaPiana discusses the impact of the new Act on estate planning for same-sex couples under New York and Federal law. He writes...

New York's Marriage Equality Act and Elder Law

On June 24, 2011, Governor Cuomo signed New York's Marriage Equality Act . In this Analysis, Professor Joseph Rosenberg examines the legal issues relevant to attorneys advising and counseling older clients who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. For older clients, marriage will implicate...

Estate Planning for Unmarried and Same Sex Couples

For unmarried and same sex couples, there are many unique legal issues to consider during the estate planning process. While some aspects of planning for unmarried couples are similar to married couples, many others are vastly different. Because of legal, religious, and societal issues, unmarried and...

Ask Liza: Should We Get Married? Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples Now

By Liza Weiman Hanks | Dear Liza: My long term domestic partner of 30 years and I were registered domestic partners for a few years and then she decided she wanted to be totally financially independent of me so we terminated the agreement last year. We are still together as a couple and live five...