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Same-Sex Marriage Cases—Planning Opportunities and Pitfalls

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Supreme Court of the United States recently held that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages that are valid under state law, and effectively reinstated same-sex marriage in the state of California. ...more

Revisiting Estate Planning Post-DOMA

The Supreme Court issued decisions in two landmark cases involving same-sex marriage on June 26, 2013. In United States v. Windsor, the Court held Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional, which...more

Federal Tax Benefits Expanded to Certain Same-Sex Couples by U.S. Supreme Court

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

With the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in United States v. Windsor on June 26, 2013, same–sex couples legally married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage, and who reside in such a state, are now governed by...more

Supreme Court’s Message From DOMA Ruling: Get Married!

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in United States v. Windsor, you may have been wondering, what are all those “federal benefits now afforded to same-sex couples” that I keep hearing about? Well, one huge...more

The End of DOMA: Federal Tax and Benefits Implications

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The US Supreme Court’s recent ruling in United States v. Windsor (“Windsor”) struck down key portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) as unconstitutional. This decision will allow many same-sex spouses to...more

United States v. Windsor: A New Direction in Planning for Same-Sex Couples

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor1 overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA"), which had defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.2 As a result, married...more

DOMA Undone

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Signed into law in 1996, the Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA, defined “marriage” for purposes of federal law as a union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, and “spouse” as a person of the opposite sex....more

United States v. Windsor: Tax Issues

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Although the decision of the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor invalidating much of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) affects at most approximately 20% of the population of the United States, it has...more

Personal Planning Strategies - July 2013

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued its decisions in Windsor v. United States and Hollingsworth, et. al. v. Perry et. al., thus ending a four year "fast-track" judicial expedition of the validity of the...more

Estate Planning Opportunities Arising from Recent Landmark Supreme Court Decisions Concerning Marriages of Same-Sex Couples

On June 26, 2013, the US Supreme Court (the “Supreme Court”) struck down Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional in the case of United States v. Windsor (“Windsor”). In a related case, the...more

A long engagement: Married same-sex couples finally receive post-DOMA access to federal tax and estate planning benefits

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor will forever change many facets of the lives of same-sex couples....more

Some Takeaways From The Recent DOMA Decisions

by Charles (Chuck) Rubin on

Below is a listing of some takeaways of the more readily apparent tax consequences and implications from this week’s two DOMA decisions (Hollingsworth v. Perry & US v. Windsor) on same-sex marriages, along with a few personal...more

Supreme Court Overturns Defense of Marriage Act

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") in Windsor v. United States. Prior to the Supreme Court's decision, Section 3 of DOMA, a federal law, had...more

DOMA is Doomed as Windsor Expands Federal Employment Benefits and Protections to Married Same-Sex Couples

by Cole Schotz on

In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) in its landmark decision, United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. __ (2013). ...more

U.S. Supreme Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional: What You Need to Know

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

What an exciting week! I’m pleased to share the following alert regarding DOMA that my colleagues Lisa Cukier, Christine Fletcher and Peter Zupcofska put together today for clients and friends of our firm. As we celebrate...more

Supreme Court Decides the Fate of Same-Sex Marriages

by Littler on

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decisions in two same-sex marriage cases. In Hollingsworth v. Perry, No. 12-144, the Court ruled that the proponents of a popular voter initiative that reversed...more

The Supreme Court Decision on the Defense of Marriage Act: An Employer’s Perspective

by BakerHostetler on

In a closely watched and eagerly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court, in United States v. Windsor, __ U.S. ___ (June 26, 2013) has overturned Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which limited the definition of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules DOMA Unconstitutional in Estate Tax Case

by BakerHostetler on

The Supreme Court has held that the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional. DOMA defined “marriage” and “spouse” to the exclusion of same-sex partners for purposes of federal law....more

Tax Law Blog: Tax Implications of DOMA Ruling

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of Windsor v. United States, holding part of the Defense Of Marriage Act unconstitutional, will have important tax repercussions....more

Unconstitutionality of Defense Of Marriage Act Has Broad Reaching Implications For Tax and Wealth Planning And Tax Compliance Of...

This morning, the Supreme Court issued two historic rulings on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. The first ruling, in a 5-4 decision, struck down as unconstitutional a key provision of the federal Defense of...more

DOMA Ruling Opens Up Estate Planning Options for Same-Sex Married Couples

by Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP on

On June 26 the United States Supreme Court held the Federal Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") unconstitutional. The Defense of Marriage Act prevented a marriage between two individuals of the same sex from being recognized for...more

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Strikes Portion Of DOMA

by FordHarrison on

On June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a pair of opinions favorable to the gay rights movement, ruling that married same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from...more

In Windsor, Supreme Court Finds Federal Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional

by Holland & Knight LLP on

By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional insofar as it purports to limit the terms "marriage" and "spouse" to opposite-gender couples...more

Defense of Marriage Act: What the U.S. Supreme Court’s Windsor Decision May Mean for Employer-Sponsored Benefit Plans

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in U.S. v. Windsor that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is an unconstitutional “deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment of...more

DOMA goes down - Copyright goes up - U.S. v. Windsor, Supreme Court, No. 12-307, decided June 26, 2013

The Supreme Court today handed down a far reaching decision throwing out an attempt by Congress to deny the benefits conferred by federal law on same sex couples legally married under state law holding that the Defense of...more

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