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Category Archives: same sex marriages

To get married or not – Some Issues to Consider

WE NOW CAN GET MARRIED, BUT SHOULD WE? The table below lists some of the advantages and disadvantages of marrying versus remaining unmarried. Note, however, that when any two people marry, which laws apply can be confusing. For example, many Federal statutes vary in their application depending on whether the marriage is recognized in the… Read More »

Ten Thoughts (Well, OK, Eleven) To Consider This Year End

The President’s 2014 Budget proposals issued in April earlier this year are still being considered by the Congressional Budget Committee.  Also, many people wrote their wills and revocable trusts when the amount exempted from Federal gift and estate taxes was much lower.  Therefore,  the following are a few ideas (and there are many others) for… Read More »

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA June 26, 2013

In a landmark case, United States v. Windsor, https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/12-307_g2bh.pdf, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on the grounds that it is an unconstitutional deprivation of the equal liberty of persons protected by the Fifth Amendment.  The syllabus to the opinion states “DOMA’s principal effect is to identify and make unequal a… Read More »

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