Whether to Wed: A Legal and Tax Guide for Gay and Lesbian Couples

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9780986049002: Whether to Wed: A Legal and Tax Guide for Gay and Lesbian Couples
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A practical guide for same-sex couples and their advisors to help understand the legal and tax issues they face when considering marriage.

This timely book reviews the status of same-sex marriage around the country and helps the reader understand the full impact of the recent landmark rulings by the Supreme Court, IRS guidelines and other federal regulations with respect to gay marriage. While love may be paramount, Squillace's work helps couples evaluate the pros and cons of gay marriage from a legal, tax and financial planning perspective as they consider whether to wed. The author helps guide the reader through financial issues, like how to think about income tax filings and the effect of marriage on retirement plan benefits and Social Security. Squillace also discusses the impact the marriage decision has on children and the practical legal and tax benefits for families.

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"Scott Squillace is a dedicated lawyer, a gay husband, and an expert on the legal opportunities and land mines for same-sex couples. In Whether to Wed, he has written a timely, readable, and thorough starting point for gay and lesbian Americans who are thinking about marriage, grappling with the intricacies of conflicting federal and state laws, and building families--meaning, these days, most of us."
--Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Author, Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America

"This is a rapidly changing area of law and Scott Squillace's book will help members of the LGBT community evaluate whether marriage is the right way to go. It is written with the non-lawyer in mind--but lawyers will also benefit from its wisdom."
--Joan M. Burda, Attorney at Law, Author, Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

"Whether to Wed is the primer every same-sex couple should read, whether they're contemplating marriage, or if they've already tied the knot. Scott Squillace helps us understand the legal, tax and financial consequences of marriage--both the benefits and the challenges--in an objective, organized and easy-to-understand way."
--John McGowan, Senior Vice President, Northern Trust National Practice Leader for LGBT and Non-Traditional Family Practice

"Whether to Wed demystifies the complex laws that apply to same sex couples, providing a timely, straightforward, and comprehensive guide to use as they consider what's best for their personal situations."
--David Williams, Intuit Chief Tax Officer and Executive Director of the American Tax and Financial Center at TurboTax

About the Author:

SCOTT E. SQUILLACE is a seasoned lawyer who, after 20 years as a corporate lawyer, decided to focus on life and estate planning issues for same-sex couples. Together with his husband, Shawn M. Hartman, they run a boutique law firm in Boston and work with couples from across the country. In addition to his legal practice, Squillace supported marriage equality in Massachusetts as a Board Member and officer of MassEquality, one of the original marriage equality organizations that helped secure marriage rights in Massachusetts.

He is admitted to practice law in New York, Washington, D.C. and Massachusetts and was admitted to the Paris bar as an Avocat during the decade he practiced law in Europe. Squillace also does considerable international and corporate planning legal work for private businesses.

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