The Marriage Equality Act: Issues and Considerations for the Practitioner in Advising Same-Sex Couples

Original Program Date: November 1, 2011

Credits: 1.5 Professional Practice

Opening Remarks by:
Honorable Jeffrey S. Sunshine, Supervising Judge of the Matrimonial parts Kings County

Presentations by:
Alison Arden Besunder, Law Offices of Alison Arden Besunder P.C., Principal.
Alyssa Ann Rower, Associate, Matrimonial Law, Aronson, Mayefsky & Sloan, LLP

Sponsored by:
The BBA’s Family Law Section, RoseAnn C. Branda, Esq. – Chair
The BBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, Jeannie Costello – Executive Director

New York legalized same-sex marriage on June 24, 2011, but many legal pitfalls still remain for the unwary because of the conflict
between New York’s law and the federal Defense of Marriage Act which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. This
CLE will discuss both the state and federal law and how the practitioner can counsel same-sex couples on their rights and
obligations under state and federal law in the areas of estates planning and matrimonial law.

For more information contact:
E-mail: lfeldman@brooklynbar.org
Phone: 718-624-0675 ext. 209

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