It wasn't so much that Frederick Hertz, founder of and an attorney providing legal counsel to same-sex partners in Oakland, Calif., was a keynote speaker at the Financial Planning Association's (FPA) annual gathering in September, or that the topic of his speech was financial planning for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. It wasn't even that his address drew a huge crowd. It was more that the crowd was overwhelmingly made up of "straight financial planners with LGBT clients," all of whom, Hertz believes, were "eager for information and education on financial planning for the LGBT community."

"Historically, there was always a sense that gay clients wouldn't feel comfortable with straight financial planners," says Hertz, who recently authored the book Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions.

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