June 23, 2012
Marcum's LGBT & Non-Traditional Family Practice Group Featured in Sun Sentinel Article "Professionals Specialize in Gay Clients, NonTraditional Families"
By Marcia Heroux Pounds
More professionals are offering specialties to attract gay clients and serve non-traditional families.
Accounting firm Marcum LLP, which has offices in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Miami, recently formed a practice group to address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals as well as non-traditional families.
Janis Cowhey McDonagh, a partner with Marcum, said the specialty is not about marketing but about the needs of clients. She said gay individuals and non-traditional families in Florida have a greater challenge when it comes to estate planning and tax issues. The state bans same-sex marriages and doesn't recognize domestic partnerships.
"It's not just about same-sex couples. People aren't getting married like they used to. They come in and say, 'I want to go over my business' and we find out they're in a long-term relationship," McDonagh said.