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Estate Planning for Nontraditional Clients and Their Families


Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 63 minutes
Recorded Date: February 22, 2022
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Agenda

  • Introduction
  • Simpler Siutations?
  • Same-Sex Couples
  • Children
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)
  • Polyamory Families
  • Transgender Clients/Beneficiaries
  • Conclusion
Runtime: 1 hour, 3 minuts
Recorded: Feburary 22, 2022

For NY - Difficulty Level: For both newly-admitted and experienced attorneys (transitional)

Description

In the absence of a marriage, Will or other legal arrangement to distribute property at death, your partner does not receive your assets and cannot administer your estate. The result can be lengthy delays and other problems. Individuals in gay or lesbian relationships need properly drafted Wills and estate planning documents more than straight persons. The probate laws generally provide if a person dies without a Will, their property goes to family, rather than a partner they had a relationship with for years or decades. Have a Power of Attorney prepared. In the absence of a Power of Attorney or other legal arrangement to distribute property if you become disabled, your partner cannot pay your bills or access your assets.

This program was recorded on February 22nd, 2022.

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American Bar Association
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Panelists

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Kenneth Vercammen, Esq.

Founding Attorney
Kenneth Vercammen & Assocs

Kenneth Vercammen is an Edison, Middlesex County, NJ trial attorney. Mr. Vercammen has published 125 articles in national and New Jersey publications on criminal, traffic, DWI, probate, estate planning, and litigation topics.

He often lectures to trial lawyers of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association.

Kenneth Vercammen was the NJ State Bar Municipal Court Attorney of the Year and past president of the Middlesex County Municipal Prosecutor's Association. He is the past chair of the NJ State Bar Association Municipal Court Section and is the Co-Chair of the ABA Criminal Law committee, GP Division.

He is a nationally lecturer on litigation issues for the American Bar Association, ICLE, New Jersey.

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Joan M. Burda

Lawyer & Author
Burda Law

Joan M. Burda practices law in Lakewood, Ohio. A significant part of her practice involves working with LGBT individuals and couples.

She is the author of the award-winning book, Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples, Third Edition (ABA 2015) as well as Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Clients: A Lawyer’s Guide (ABA 2008) and An Overview of Federal Consumer Law (ABA 1998) -- out of print but a real page turner.

Joan writes about LGBT legal issues, estate planning and other topics for various online and print publications. She is a featured speaker on LGBT legal issues at national and international conferences and workshops. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. In her spare time, she reviews books for the New York Journal of Books. Joan is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the National Lesbian and Gay Bar Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

Joan graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree, which means she took what she wanted and skipped all the boring classes. She received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law…a school located on a bluff overlooking Malibu--not at all conducive to studying so it’s a good thing the first two years were in a converted warehouse in Anaheim.


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