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(UPDATE) LAW FIRM ASKS COURT FOR GUIDANCE AS TO WHETHER PARENTS OR DOMESTIC PARTNER SHOULD RECEIVE BENEFITS OF A PROFIT SHARING PLAN

Posted in Divorce, Equitable Distribution

We previously blogged about Philadelphia based law firm Cozen O’Conner’s efforts to obtain a guidance as to how to pay-out the profit sharing plan of one of their partners who was in a same-sex marriage. Cozen was presented with a beneficiary designation form which appears to grant the partner’s parents the benefit. Muddying the issue was… Continue Reading

TRUSTING THE ESTATE PLAN: HOW TRUSTS WORK WELL FOR THE HAPPILY MARRIED BUT CONFUSE THE RIGHTS OF THOSE WHO ARE NOT.

Posted in Divorce

All married couples should have an estate plan. For those with special needs or large estates estate planning often involves the creation of trusts.  Trusts are a device by which the owner of property conveys it to others to hold for a defined purpose. It is often a means of avoiding estate tax, personal property tax or… Continue Reading

Economic Issues May Be Decided After Death, but No Divorce

Posted in Divorce

23 Pa.C.S.A. 3323(d.1) was added to the divorce code in 2007, and states that where grounds for the divorce have been established prior to the death of one of the parties, the parties’ econmic rights are to be determined under the divorce code, not 20 Pa.C.S.A (relating to decedents, estates and fiduciaries). In Yelenic v…. Continue Reading