Defining a “Spouse” in Trust Documents

Defining a “Spouse” in Trust Documents

When does the term include a same-sex partner?


Trust documents can use the term “spouse” to identify a class of beneficiaries or actors who are related to another class of beneficiaries—usually the grantor’s descendants. If one of the grantor’s descendants has a same-sex partner, is that partner entitled to be treated as a spouse under the grantor’s trust? T

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