June 23, 2012

Marcum's LGBT & Non-Traditional Family Practice Group Featured in Sun Sentinel Article "Professionals Specialize in Gay Clients, NonTraditional Families"

Sun Sentinel

By Marcia Heroux Pounds

Marcum's LGBT & Non-Traditional Family Practice Group Featured in Sun Sentinel Article "Professionals Specialize in Gay Clients, NonTraditional Families"

Excerpt:

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.

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