estate planning for same sex couples

June 26, 2015   Retirement Planning,   Trusts,   Estate Planning

Money Advice for Same-Sex Couples After the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges Ruling

By Matthew T. McClintock, J.D. Vice President, Education, WealthCounsel
Today’s Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states — Obergefell v. Hodges — has major financial implications for LGBT couples. The Court held that same-sex married couples are entitled to equal protection under the laws and that their marriages must be recognized nationwide. Here are the most significant impacts for same-sex married couples.The ability to file taxes jointly as a married couple (typically, the more a couple’s incomes differ from each other, the more they gain by filing jointly)The married couple’s state estate tax exemption (where applicable)The ability to access Social Security spousal and survivor benefits no matter where they live when they file (a recent analysis by Financial Engines estimated that...
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