LGBTQ = Different Needs

LGBTQ people, including gay and lesbian couples, often have different and unique needs when it comes to Life and Estate planning. We pride ourselves in being sensitive and aware of these needs and offer a wide range of uniquely tailored options to address them. Read more about our LGBTQ Practice Concentration.

Scott Squillace Wrote the Book

Whether to Wed

Whether to Wed: A Legal and Tax Guide for Gay and Lesbian Couples

A practical guide for same-sex couples and their advisors to help understand the legal and tax issues they face when considering marriage. Download an excerpt here.

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“This is an ambitious book laying out the broad outlines of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are going. Scott’s practical assessments of how marriage changes rights and responsibilities are important reading for everyone. Equally important are his reminders of sensible legal steps to take regardless of marriage.”

Mary L. Bonauto, Esq.
Civil Rights Project Director, GLAD, Boston, MA

Whether to Wed is the primer every same-sex couple should read, whether they’re contemplating marriage, or if they’ve already tied the knot. Scott Squillace helps us understand the legal, tax and financial consequences of marriage—both the benefits and the challenges—in an objective, organized and easy-to-understand way.”

John McGowan
Senior Vice President, Northern Trust National Practice Leader for LGBT and Non-Traditional Family Practice

Whether to Wed demystifies the complex laws that apply to same sex couples, providing a timely, straightforward, and comprehensive guide to use as they consider what’s best for their personal situations.”

David Williams
Intuit Chief Tax Officer and Executive Director of the American Tax and Financial Center at TurboTax

Services To Meet Your Unique Needs

Life Planning

Elder Law & Disability, Home Health Care, Disability & Medicaid, Young Adults & College Students, Pre-Nuptial Agreements and Wisdom Transfer.

Estate Planning

Wills & Revocable Trusts, Charitable Giving, Planning for Pets and Trust Funding.

Estate, Gift & GST Taxes

Transfer Taxes, as they apply to federal and Massachusetts estate planning situations.

Advanced Estate Planning

Wealth Transfer Process, Asset Protection, Irrevocable Trusts and Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts.

Probate & Estate Administration

Settling the estate of a loved one after they have passed away.

Business Planning

General Counsel Services, Establishing a Business, Succession Planning, International Business and Data Privacy.

Urgent Planning

Emergency/concierge level estate planning in times of crisis, or when death is imminent.


Dealing in sensitive subjects can often give rise to conflict between people.

Our Latest Articles

Our own Brett J. Barthelmeh, Esq., AEP® and Heather A. Reid, Esq. co-authored a chapter in Estate Planning Strategies: Collective Wisdom, Proven Techniques, focused on noncitizen spouses and the qualified domestic trust.

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We are writing in regard to the recent Supreme Court decision, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, issued on June 24th and how it may impact the LGBTQ community.

Safety also applies to our financial and emotional health – and how it affects our loved ones.


The Squillace team works hard to make sure that you understand all your options and why planning is important.

Even as we were managing and planning for difficult scenarios, we were consistently impressed by the sensitive and thoughtful approach.

Scott and his team were always attentive, approachable, thoughtful and competent during all our consultations.

Boston Estate Planning Council

Independent Trustee Alliance

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Super Lawyers – Scott E. Squillace

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Super Lawyers – Heather A. Bartel

We are licensed in other jurisdictions and work with other attorneys nationally via our network.