Same-Sex Marriage Fight at Heart of Cozen O'Connor Benefits Case

, The Legal Intelligencer


The parents of a Cozen O'Connor partner who left the bulk of her estate to her wife argued the profit-sharing benefits the daughter accrued at the firm should go to them because Pennsylvania and federal law does not recognize same-sex marriages.

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  • Cynthia L. Brennan

    Melanie Rowen is correct in saying that since this is a private plan, the decedent's marriage is irrelevant to the beneficiary designation. Decedent could have (and should have) designated her wife as the beneficiary. She could equally have named anyone else that she chose (related, unrelated, family or not). That she was bullied into preparing a beneficiary designation form on her deathbed by her parents tells you how great a realtionship she really had with her parents who obviously do not care about the feelings or future of the surviving wife. Sad commentary really.

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