A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples

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Laws affecting LGBT couples are changing rapidly, and while it's an exciting time for all gay and lesbian partners, keeping up with the myriad ways the shifting legal landscape touches your family life can be daunting. Now more than ever, it's important that you take the proper legal steps to define and protect your relationship in the eyes of the law. If you don't, you run the risk of being shut out of each other's lives — and the lives of children you co-parent — in times of ...

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Overview

Laws affecting LGBT couples are changing rapidly, and while it's an exciting time for all gay and lesbian partners, keeping up with the myriad ways the shifting legal landscape touches your family life can be daunting. Now more than ever, it's important that you take the proper legal steps to define and protect your relationship in the eyes of the law. If you don't, you run the risk of being shut out of each other's lives — and the lives of children you co-parent — in times of medical, financial or personal crisis.

Fortunately, this practical guide is updated with the latest legal information and legislation that will help you and your same-sex partner protect and exercise your rights, and make sound decisions as a couple.

A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples covers:

. making practical decisions about living together
. planning for medical emergencies — making medical decisions for one another and taking care of each other's finances when one partner is incapacitated
. domestic partner benefits and how to obtain them
. buying property together
. providing for each other upon death
. practical and legal aspects of having and raising children
. marriage laws for all 50 states

The updated edition provides the latest information on same-sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships. Plus, create essential legal documents using the step-by-step instructions included.

All forms are now downladable at nolo.com.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
" Informative for any unmarried couple. "  San Francisco Chronicle
"A guide that lovers will do well to embrace. Buy this book." Bay Area Reporter
"The edge of the law will be much less fearful for those who have this book."  Los Angeles Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413320206
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 6/16/2014
  • Edition description: Seventeenth Edition
  • Edition number: 17
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 1,417,959
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederick Hertz is a practicing attorney-mediator and the author of Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples (Owl Books) and co-author of Nolo's Living Together: A Legal Guide for Unmarried CouplesA Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples and Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnership & Civil Unions.

Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce and coauthor of A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples.
 

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Table of Contents

1. Defining Family: Basics of Marriage, Domestic Partnership, and More
2. Marriage and Marriage-Like Relationships
3. Money, Insurance, Name Changes, and Immigration Issues
4. Renting a Home Together
5. I'm Mom, She's Mommy (or I'm Daddy, He's Papa)
6. Medical and Financial Matters: Delegating Authority
7. Looking Ahead: Estate Planning
8. Living Together Contracts for Lesbian and Gay Couples
9. Buying a Home Together (and Other Real Estate Ventures)
10. Going Separate Ways: Issues at the End of a Relationship
11. Help Beyond the Book
Appendix 
Index

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