Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples

Book Description

Estate planning is more than deciding how an estate will be divided post-mortem. Sure that is a part of it, but the other part is….life planning. The key is honing in on the best way to protect your clients' interests during their lifetime. This new edition of Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples by award-winning author Joan M. Burda attempts to address certain struggles for equality and how these issues affect estate planning for LGBT clients. For example, not all same-sex couples get married. This book will help lawyers better represent their clients as they address the present as well as future needs of their clientele.

About Burda, Joan M.

Joan Burda – Joan M. Burda practices law in Lakewood, Ohio. Her estate planning practice is primarily devoted to meeting the needs of lesbian and gay individuals and couples. She also works with micro and small business owners. Ms. Burda is the author of the award winning book, Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples (ABA 2004). She is also the author of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Clients: A Lawyer's Guide (ABA 2008) and An Overview of Federal Consumer Law (ABA 1998). In addition, she writes about LGBT legal issues and other legal topics for various online and print publications. Ms. Burda speaks nationally on LGBT issues. Ms. Burda is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she teaches Sexual Orientation and the Law. She is an adjunct faculty member at Ursuline College and teaches Civil Procedure, Contracts and Administrative Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She is also the former Editor-in-Chief of GPSOLO, the ABA's General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division magazine. Ms. Burda graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree and received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Ms. Burda lives in Lakewood, Ohio with her spouse, Betsy.