In San Diego, California, we are governed by the laws of the United States and these are interpreted at the highest level by the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. In San Diego, for the State Courts, the law is interpreted by the San Diego Superior Court.
Estate planning has long utilized the marital status as part of the estate plan. Our office has prepared thousands of revocable living trusts and many of these are for married couples. Until last week, this was only for men and women and was controlled by Family Law Code 308.5 which is entitled California Defense of Marriage Act and was approved under Proposition 22 on March 7, 2000. The recent Supreme Court decision has ordered that this Code is no longer the law and this will have a significant effect on estate planning for the future if this law is not overturned by the United States Supreme Court.
Our law firm of Law Office of Scott C. Soady, A Professional Corporation, LLP can assist in analyzing your unique and individual estate planning needs. Please e mail or call us for your complimentary consultation.