The Issue of Estate Planning for Alternative Lifestyle Couples has been in the news and a recent article can be read by clicking on the link above.
"There are very few attorneys who specialize in these issues, and the law is very unsettled," Attorney Brian Rice said. "If you're moving from state to state, or traveling, protections you had in one state may not be available in another."
Outside of Massachusets which now allows same sex unions there are issues that life partners would experience different from a husband and wife such as no marital deduction for estate or gift tax, no treatment as a spouse for inheritance rights or priority to serve as a personal representative, no right to file joint income taxes among other distinction although some states now provide for health insurance and some benefits when they are in civil unions.
In Florida marriage is defined as the union of a man and a woman. Marriage in Massachusets or any other jurisdictions which allow same sex marriage will not be reconized in Florida. The state also does not allow people living an alternative lifestyle to adopt. The statute which provides this can be found here.