Why Marriage Matters! Advanced Estate Planning for Those With Unique Circumstances Ft. Scott Squillace (Ep. 16)

Why Marriage Matters! Advanced Estate Planning for Those With Unique Circumstances Ft. Scott Squillace (Ep. 16)

Marriage seems like a great motivator to get your affairs in order, beginning with an estate plan. But marriage can come with its own unique issues.

Today, Tim Volk welcomes back Scott Squillace, estate planning attorney, founder of Squillace & Associates, and fellow member of the LGBTQ+ community, to take a look at some situations that may not fall into any cookie-cutter approach. Tim and Scott talk about the unique financial and legal challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community, particularly regarding estate planning. They delve into the complexities of same-sex marriage, tax implications, and the importance of personalized financial planning, and share their personal experiences and anecdotes illustrating the issues.

Scott Squillace also touches on the history of same-sex marriage legalization, the costs of surrogacy, and the challenges of aging within the LGBTQ+ community. Together, they emphasize the importance of open communication, understanding individual needs, and the necessity of a comprehensive estate plan.

Episode Highlights:

  • Some of the history of the legalization of same-sex marriage
  • Why he wrote his book, Whether to Wed: A Legal and Tax Guide for Gay and Lesbian Couples
  • Tax implications of same-sex marriage from a legal and financial standpoint
  • Some estate planning considerations for LGBTQ+ couples with children and the need for trusts
  • Challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals in assisted care or nursing homes
  • The importance of open communication when it comes to comprehensive estate planning
  • And more



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About our Guest: 

Scott E. Squillace is a business, tax, and estate planning attorney with over 35 years of experience practicing law. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, New York, Washington D.C., and New Hampshire, and has been admitted to the Bar in Paris, France as an Avocat. He holds his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University in New York; has studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris and earned his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is married and lives in Boston and Palm Springs, CA, with his husband and two silver labs.

As the founder of Squillace & Associates, P.C. – a boutique law firm in Boston’s historic Back Bay – Scott now specializes in estate and business planning matters including tax and philanthropic planning for high-net-worth individuals and families. His practice includes estate planning needs for international clientele, corporate executives, small business owners, physicians, attorneys, and other professionals. He has a focus on helping same-sex couples and members of the LGBTQ community with their unique planning needs and authored Whether to Wed: A Legal and Tax Guide for Gay and Lesbian Couples. Scott was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in 2014 to serve on a Commission to study the needs of the LGBTQ elder community. Scott served as Founder and Co-Chair of the Equality Fund, an endowment for the LGBTQ Community established at The Boston Foundation. He has been a columnist for Practical Estate Planning and lectures and writes frequently on estate and business planning as well as charitable giving strategies and planning for the LGBTQ community.

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