Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in New York: Implications for Estate and Tax Planning

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New York recently became the seventh jurisdiction in the nation to permit same-sex marriages, which will have a significant impact on tax and estate planning for New York residents who are parties to same-sex marriages.

On June 24, 2011, New York joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C., to become the seventh jurisdiction in the nation to permit same-sex marriages. The Marriage Equality Act, which went into effect on July 24, 2011, will have a significant impact on tax and estate planning for New York residents who are parties to same-sex marriages.

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