Estate planning for LGBT, unmarried couples set for Oct. 23

October 03, 2012

Tamara Kolz Griffin, associate director of the Harvard Law School Estate Planning Clinic, will provide a review of the divergent federal and state laws on relationship recognition of same-sex couples at Penn State Law on Oct. 23. The public is welcome.

Sponsored by OutLaw, this event will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Lewis Katz Hall, 333 W. South St., Carlisle, Pa., and will be simulcast to Lewis Katz Building in University Park. The cost to attend is $49 (reduced to $25 for Penn State Law alumni) for those seeking CLE credit. Students, faculty, and nonlawyers may attend at no cost but are asked to register online.

“We know as future lawyers that estate planning often makes a huge difference in a family’s financial security, a child’s well-being, and a family’s peace of mind,” said law student Matt Castello, president of OutLaw at Penn State Law. “But LGBT couples typically need to work much harder to get the documents in place to have just some of the protections that married couples get as a matter of course.”

Griffin will outline the best practices for drafting key documents and explore opportunities for estate, tax and family planning for unmarried couples, as well as the changes in state and federal law that create a patchwork of protections for LGBT couples.

Griffin holds a bachelor of science degree from Northeastern University, a juris doctoral degree cum laude from Harvard Law School, and a master of law in taxation from Boston University. Prior to her academic career, she was a partner in the Boston office of Holland & Knight, LLP, where she practiced in the Private Wealth Services Section.

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has approved this program for 1.5 hours of substantive law, practice, and procedure credit and zero hours of ethics, substance abuse, and professionalism credit.

  • Tamara Kolz Grittin

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