Same-Sex Marriage and Florida Estate Planning

In the landmark decision of Obergfell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court of the United States made same-sex marriage legal throughout the country. In Florida, same-sex couples now have the same ability to get married as their heterosexual counterparts. Though still being fought in many states, same-sex marriage is an issue that has significant repercussions in estate planning. Understanding how same-sex marriage can affect your estate planning concerns is essential if you are an LGBT individual or couple in Florida, and are considering marriage. Same Sex Marriage LGBT couples who get married will no longer be unsure about the legal status of their marriage. Prior to the court s decision, a patchwork of laws around the country determined the legal status of a same-sex couple s marriage depending on where they lived. Put simply, some states recognized the validity of same-sex marriages, while others did not. This meant that a couple moving to or from a state that allowed for same-sex marriage


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