Planning for Same-Sex Couples in 2011

ALI-ABA Estate Planning Course Materials Journal, Vol. 17, p. 5, June 2011

Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-11

31 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2011  

Patricia A. Cain

Santa Clara University - School of Law

Date Written: March 8, 2011

Abstract

This article is the published version of a CLE outline prepared for ALI-ABA in January 2011 and then updated in March 2011. It includes citations to relevant authority regarding a number of tax issues that same-sex couples encounter both under the income tax and under the estate and gift tax system. The outline also includes a list of states that recognize the status of same-sex couples as married, registered domestic partners, civil unions, or similar forms of recognition, and identifies those states in which legislative action recognizing same-sex couples is possible and those in which it is not, due to restrictive state constitutional amendments.

Keywords: same-sex couples, DOMA, Registered Domestic Partners (RDP), civil union, taxation, estate planning

Suggested Citation

Cain, Patricia A., Planning for Same-Sex Couples in 2011 (March 8, 2011). ALI-ABA Estate Planning Course Materials Journal, Vol. 17, p. 5, June 2011 ; Santa Clara Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1860217

Patricia A. Cain (Contact Author)

Santa Clara University - School of Law ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

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