Symposium: Issues in Estate Planning for Same-Sex and Transgender Couples: Foreword
4 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2011
Date Written: 2008
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
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