WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court turned away appeals Monday from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. Read Full Story
By Justin M. O’Neill, Christy Mallory,and M.V. Lee Badgett. Executive Summary If marriage is extended to same-sex couples in Oklahoma, the state would see an economic boost as same-sex couples plan their weddings and their-out-of-state guests purchase goods and services in the state. This study estimates the impact on the state’s economy and on state ... more
The Puyallup Tribe is the latest to join a growing list of Native-American tribes legalizing same-sex marriage, many in states that have banned it. This year, the list of states with marriage equality expanded to include Oregon, among others. While that’s big news, of course, gay and lesbian couples could already legally marry in a ... more
On August 29, 2013, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17. The ruling implements the federal tax aspects of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, which invalidated a portion of DOMA. In short, the ruling provides that same-sex couples who are married in ... more
One important but often overlooked area in estate planning for the LGBT community involves the right of the surviving partner to control the disposition of the remains of the deceased partner. This is especially an acute problem in Oklahoma since Oklahoma does not allow same sex marriages or recognize same sex marriages performed in another ... more
Access to your digital assets and accounts in the event of your disability or death is an important part of any estate plan. We can assist you in seeing that your family and loved ones have access to these types of accounts at the appropriate time.
Wills and trusts are important elements in any comprehensive estate plan. Most people realize it is important to have a will and/or trust, but many forget to update them as changes in their situation occur. The following can be reasons why a person needs to update a will or trust: Changes in financial situation, property ... more
When choosing an attorney-in-fact for your Durable Power of Attorney concerning your property and financial matters, consider the following: Can this person legally act as your attorney-in-fact? An attorney-in-fact must be at least 18 years old and have the mental capacity to make decisions. Is this person willing and able to serve? Before you appoint ... more