There are still many places and people who are reluctant to recognize your marital rights. Additionally, there are many other important reasons to create an estate plan, such as avoiding probate, minimizing taxes and providing creditor and divorce protection for beneficiaries. … [Read more...] about I am married, why do I need to plan?
No. These various relationships affect state law rights and responsibilities only in the states which recognize them. Only marriage is respected by the federal government. As a result, unmarried same-sex couples will not get federal benefits, such as social security survivorship benefits. … [Read more...] about Does same-sex marriage, domestic partnership, or civil union provide all the benefits of heterosexual marriage?