Updated Friday, September 4, 2015 as of 8:31 AM ET

Same-Sex Couples: The Emerging Client Niche

Gordon Tanner finds himself radically changing his retirement and estate plans thanks to a new marriage. It's not that the 63-year-old has to worry about having enough money to retire in style, or support his new spouse. Tanner is the principal deputy general counsel of the Air Force, the senior bureaucrat lawyer in that branch of the Service. As a civilian employee at the Pentagon, he is the equivalent to a three-star general. He is entitled to both a federal government pension, plus the federal government's equivalent to a 401(k), called the TSP, or thrift savings plan, plus Social Security. His divorce 16 years ago presents no financial problem-he and his ex-wife and three adult children are all on excellent terms. Tanner's biggest worry is making sure his new spouse will be provided for after his death. His new spouse is a man.

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