Protecting the Rights
of Same-Sex Couples
Same-sex marriage is now legal in Florida. As of January 6, 2015, same-sex couples are granted the same rights as heterosexual couples regarding inheritance, taxation, creditor protection, medical decisions, and other family and planning matters. In addition, the federal government has recognized same-sex marriages since the Supreme Court of the United States ruled on June 26, 2013, that a law denying same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual spouses were unconstitutional.
Walser & Herman Law Firm has been helping diverse families throughout Florida with estate planning and probate services for more than three decades. Every estate planning attorney in our office understands the positive impact these laws have on the LGBT community in Boca Raton, Palm Beach, and throughout the State of Florida. We applaud the recognition of these important LGBT rights and are hopeful that same-sex couples will continue to be treated justly.
Unfortunately, more than a dozen states still do not recognize same-sex marriage. If you travel outside of Florida or move to a state that does not recognize your marriage, you may be denied your rights. For this reason, Walser & Herman Law Firm suggests implementing many of the same protections we advised when same-sex marriage was not yet legal anywhere in the United States.