January 01, 2013

Advance Directives and Estate Planning for LGBT Adults

Webinar on April 17, 2013


Part of the Emerging Issues in LGBT Law Series.


Presented by the ABA’s Commissions on Law and Aging, Individual Rights & Responsibilities, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Disability Rights; the Senior Lawyers Division; the Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law; and the Williams Institute; the National LGBT Bar Association; the Lesbian & Gay Bar Association of Chicago; and the ABA Center for Professional Development



This program will give an overview of the unique issues that arise when doing advance care and estate planning for same-sex couples, including relationship recognition, document preparation, financing elder care, and the impact of possible changes in the legal landscape.

Not only will the program address the basics of estate planning but the panelists will also discuss Medicaid spousal impoverishment protections, transfer tax concerns, and employer sponsored retirement plans. Finally, the program will conclude with a discussion on the possible changes in the legal landscape, including the CMS letter allowing states to extend spousal impoverishment protections to same-sex couples and the pending DOMA case in the Supreme Court.


Christy Mallory
Reid Rasmussen Fellow of Law & Policy
The Williams Institute
Los Angeles, CA

Thomas Sciacca
Law Offices of Thomas Sciacca, PLLC
New York, NY

David Godfrey (Moderator)
Senior Attorney
ABA Commission on Law and Aging
Washington, DC





Live webinar/teleconference

$95 Sponsoring Section Members

$150 ABA Members

$195 General Public

$95 Government Attorneys, Legal services, and Non-Profit

$75 Additional registrants using the same connection


This program will be available on audio CD.

$125 Sponsoring Section Members

$135 ABA Members

$150 All others


Scholarship applications are also available upon request.


Register now!


CLE Credit:

The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute-hour states and 1.8 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute-hour states in states accrediting ABA live

webinars and teleconferences.*


NY-licensed attorneys: This non-transitional CLE program has been approved for experienced NY licensed attorneys in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for 1.5 New York

CLE credits.


*States currently not accrediting ABA live webinars and teleconferences: IN, KS, NE, NJ, OH, and PA. All participants must be registered for the program. Cancellation policy is available on the ABA website.