July 2013

Are Electronic Wills Valid?

In this time of technological advancements and the wide spread use of technology in our daily lives it is inevitable that states will soon have to address the rise of digital wills. Recently an Ohio court was faced with deciding this very issue and while the judge was able to make a ruling based on his interpretation of existing state law he did ask for legislative guidance for future cases.  How would a Tennessee court rule on a similar issue?  

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Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Impacts LGBT Elders

Last month the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Under section 3, for the purpose of determining an individual's federal rights, benefits, and privileges that are predicated on or related to marital status, marriage is defined as between one man and one woman.

The high court's decision is expected to affect over a thousand federal statutory provisions that related to Social Security, veteran's benefits, income and estate taxes, and benefits due to federal employees and retirees. It will also affect LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) elders in various ways.


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