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Estate Planning for LGBT Married Couples

Posted on Tue Nov 29, 2016, on LGBT Estate Planning

Our “Ask a Question” mailbag addresses Estate Planning for LGBT Married Couples.

“Right after the legalization of gay marriage my husband and I married in Pennsylvania. Since then, we have not updated any documents. Given the outcome of the Presidential election, we feel like we need to get things done. What is Estate Planning for LGBT Married Couples?”


LGBT Estate Planning After Trump

Posted on Sat Nov 12, 2016, on LGBT Estate Planning

Our “Ask a Question” mailbag addresses LGBT Estate Planning for Married Couples after President Trump’s election.

My wife and I are a same-sex married couple. We married in New Jersey and now live in Pennsylvania. Trump’s election makes us nervous, we are afraid that he may strip away some of our married couple rights. What estate planning documents should we sign to make sure that we have the right to make medical decisions for each other should one of us get sick?”

Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples in New Jersey

Posted on Mon Jun 16, 2014, on LGBT Estate Planning

After the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, which found unconstitutional the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that defined “marriage” as a union between a man and woman, and “spouse” as only a person of the opposite sex, and the decision in Garden State Equality v. Dow, where the New Jersey courts found that the New Jersey Constitution required same sex marriage, New Jersey residents can enter into same-sex marriages and same-sex marriages from other states will be recognized as valid in New Jersey.

What Happens if my Same-Sex Spouse Dies Without a Will?

Posted on Tue Jun 10, 2014, on LGBT Estate Planning

In Pennsylvania if a person dies without a will his or her assets are divided up under the Pennsylvania intestacy rules. If you are married without children all your assets pass to your surviving spouse. If you are married but have children your spouse does not receive everything. Pennsylvania presumes that if a deceased person without a will had children, then some of the assets should pass to the children.

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