The Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage in all states for same-sex couples is a landmark decision in the equal rights arena. However, the ruling also has important financial and tax implications—implications that same-sex clients now need to be advised upon in order to avoid any planning surprises down the road.

While the ruling eliminates the patchwork of state-specific rules that could confuse even the most competent financial advisor, it is critical that advisors in all states familiarize themselves with the important planning issues that same-sex couples now need to consider — whether or not they have chosen to marry.

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