Gay and Lesbian Elders: Estate Planning and End-of-Life Decision Making

August 2010 | Nancy J. Knauer

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“"Estate planning is at best an imperfect solution to a much larger problem because significant legal and policy reform will be necessary to ensure equity and dignity in aging regardless of sexual orientation." Note: This publication was created before the June 2013 US Supreme Court decision overturning Section 3 of DOMA, so some information contained herein may no longer be applicable.”

This article addresses the three areas of core concern for gay and lesbian elders - chosen family, financial insecurity, and anti-gay bias in the context of estate planning. Visit the Social Science Research Network site for an easy one-click download of the article.