Symposium: Issues in Estate Planning for Same-Sex and Transgender Couples: Foreword

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Jennifer Levi

Western New England University School of Law

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

Despite the sea of change in possibilities for creating lawful relationships for many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, most jurisdictions do not allow them to marry or enter into any comparable legal status. The vast majority of states either by statute or state constitutional amendment actually prohibit marriage for same-sex couples. And, even when couples can marry or enter into a comparable legal status, they are faced with uncertainty regarding what effect, if any, will be accorded to that status should they travel or move. Given the legal challenges that same-sex couples face, the need for high-quality estate planning for same-sex couples is greater than ever.

Keywords: estate planning, same-sex couples, transgender couples, elder law, estates and trusts, sexuality and the law

Suggested Citation

Levi, Jennifer, Symposium: Issues in Estate Planning for Same-Sex and Transgender Couples: Foreword (2008). Western New England Law Review, Vol. 30, p. 671, 2008; Western New England University School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1975465

Jennifer Levi (Contact Author)

Western New England University School of Law ( email )

1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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