This Article explores the professional tension experienced by lawyers when clients embrace an ideal of marriage as "the two shall become as one," in a legal system that has repudiated this understanding in favor of the "reality" of marriage as an association dedicated to the individual fulfillment of the man and woman involved. Part II describes the three purposes of estate planning that define the parameters of any proposed representation. Estate planning lawyers assist clients in minimizing taxes, directing gifts to particular beneficiaries, and insuring the continuing care of loved ones. The decision to accept or reject proposed representation often turns upon whether the client's needs and desires are within these accepted purposes of estate planning.
Teresa Stanton Collett, Love Among the Ruins: The Ethics of Counseling Happily Married Couples, 22 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 139 (1998).