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Local law firm to address a post-DOMA world

Posted by David Zimmerman  August 8, 2013 01:55 PM

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Mintz Levin, a Boston-based law firm with a tradition of supporting the LGBT community that goes back more than 25 years, has organized a live, online discussion about the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling on everything from health benefits, to personal income taxes, to the transfer of wealth. The online discussion, Legal Rights & Obligations Post-DOMA, will be held on August 12 at 1:00 pm, and is free to attend.

“When it comes to benefit programs, both employers and their employees with same gender spouses have work to do,” says attorney Alden Bianchi, who leads Mintz Levin’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation practices and will be discussing health plans and other benefits issues.

On the list of things that have changed for the better, you can add immigration benefits. Those with spouses who are foreign nationals “can finally ‘get into the line’ on the path to citizenship, feel welcomed, and become a real part of the fabric of the United States,” says Mintz Levin immigration attorney Doug Hauer, who will be speaking about the immigration implications of the ruling.

Taxes, on the other hand, might be a mixed bag for legally married same-sex couples. There’s the marriage penalty tax, for example, and the question of whether or not it’s better to file jointly or separately. Scott Goffstein, CPA and managing partner at Scott Goffstein Associates in Waltham, will weigh in on the tax issues that couples now have to consider.

“Significant questions remain for creditors and debtors in individual bankruptcy cases,” says attorney Adrienne Walker, who will address the issues that many couples may now have to face, “including discharge of domestic support obligations, claims arising from a marriage, and access to state exemptions for married same-sex couples living in states that do not recognize marriage equality.”

The webinar will also address the ruling’s impact on bankruptcy, litigation, and securities. Those that attend can send in their questions.

Legal Rights & Obligations Post-DOMA Details
When: Monday, August 12, 2013
1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Where: Online
Cost: Free
Registration & Information: http://www.mintz.com/Post-DOMA-Webinar

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