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Union County Hosts Free Seminar Covering LGBTQ Family and Individual Planning Concerns, Oct. 22

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to partner with Singer & Fedun, LLC and Morgan Stanley to present their “Are Your Rights at Risk?” Seminar scheduled for Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. at The Tavern at Ash Brook Golf Course (1210 Raritan Rd, Scotch Plains).

Seating is limited for the free seminar and preregistration is required online at

“While society at large increasingly supports LGBTQ equality, the laws protecting LGBTQ people and their families are inconsistent,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The Freeholder Board is proud to host this free seminar to increase awareness of legal protections and family and individual planning for LGBTQ families, individuals and allies.” 

The evening seminar presentation will cover important life and family planning topics that directly affect the LGBTQ community including marriage equality, protecting non-traditional family structures, portability of parental rights, estate planning, tax law, end-of-life issues, legal concerns facing trans/intersex communities, and a Q&A opportunity to speak with the presenters Bill Singer, Esq. & John Passante, Esq. of Singer & Fedun, LLC and Kate Sweeney, CFP, CIMA & DW Kim from Morgan Stanley.

“There is a general assumption that the 2015 marriage equality ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court solved the equality issues for LGBTQ people,” said Freeholder Rebecca Williams, liaison to the Union County LGBTQ Ad Hoc Committee. “The reality is that, historically, Federal and State laws have been – and in many instances still are – written for a heteronormative society and result in intentional or unintentional consequences that leave LGBTQ families and individuals vulnerable.”​

Organized by the Office of LGBTQ Affairs in partnership with Singer & Fedun, LLC and Morgan Stanley, the mission of the seminar is to encourage LGBTQ individuals and allies to learn more about the state of LGBTQ protections in New Jersey and approaches for protecting LGBTQ families and individuals.

Union County’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, under the Department of Economic Development, was established by the Freeholder Board in 2018 and is the first and only county government office of its kind in the State of New Jersey.

The Office of LGBTQ Affairs provides a platform for leadership and collaboration to support equality, and serves as a catalyst for advocacy, awareness and action on current and emerging issues that impact the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals.

For more information about the Office of LGBTQ Affairs, contact Danni Newbury, Coordinator, at 908-527-4742 or or visit

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