Now that civil unions are recognized in Colorado, same sex couples have more options, and benefits, when it comes to estate planning and charitable giving.

Ireland Stapleton’s estate planning attorney, Thomas J. Wolf, Senator Pat Steadman and Nate Easley, Executive Director, Denver Scholarship Foundation, will explain the impact Colorado’s Civil Union Act and Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) have on giving options for same sex couples in a one-hour seminar on September 5, 2013.

This presentation qualifies for 1.0 hour of continuing legal education credit and 1.0 hour of credit for certified financial planners.  To reserve a seat at this event, email Erin Roth at or call her at 303-951-4159.


In March 2013, the Colorado General Assembly passed SB-11, the Colorado Civil Union Act which provides rights and protections to same sex couples including abilities such as taking leave to care for a partner, making medical and end-of-life decisions for a partner, and adopting children together. Colorado is the eighth state to enact civil unions or similar laws.

On June 26, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court held the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional.