A Reminder from the Supreme Court: Unmarried Couples Need Estate Planning More than Most

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The United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry and United States v. Windsor this week, sharply reminding us of the legal rights, privileges, and protections that are automatically afforded to married couples in the United States yet denied to couples whose unions are not recognized by federal or state law. For these couples, proper estate planning is the only way to ensure access to many of the benefits associated with the marital relationship. GLBT partners and other long-term, committed, unmarried couples should consider asking their estate planning attorney whether the following basic estate planning documents are right for them.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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