A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples

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Laws designed to protect married couples don't apply to lesbian and gay couples. So how do you proceed if you've adopted a child or ...
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Overview

Laws designed to protect married couples don't apply to lesbian and gay couples. So how do you proceed if you've adopted a child or need to write your will? Turn to A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples.
This book shows you how to:
* write living-together contracts
* plan for medical emergencies
* plan your estates
A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples also covers:
* same-sex marriages
* co-parent and two-parent adoptions
* healthcare directives
* domestic partnerships
* domestic partner benefits
* the practical and legal aspects of having and raising children.
Filled with helpful online resources, the revised 10th edition includes:
* new information concerning marriage and domestic partnership information
* recent gay and lesbian custody and visitation cases
* tax law changes concerning estate planning
* the various ways to go your separate ways
* Real Estate Attorney Frederick Hertz as a co-author
The book includes living together contracts, sample wills and a durable power of attorney.

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Editorial Reviews

Baltimore Gay Paper
Solid legal information for gay couples was scarce — until now.
Baltimore Gay Paper
Solid legal information for gay couples was scarce -- until now.
Bay Area Reporter
A guide that lovers will do well to embrace. Buy this book.
Curve
If your love match melds, you'll want the 10th edition of A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples. The Legal Guide is a good primer for couples wanting basic legal advice on domestic partnerships, parenting, making financial and medical decisions, buying a home together, and estate planning.
Gay Paper
Solid legal information for gay couples was scarce — until now.
Modern Maturity
Excellent, comprehensive reference.
Modern Maturity
Excellent, comprehensive reference.
San Francisco Bay Area Reporter
A guide that lovers will do well to embrace. Buy this book.
Library Journal
Medical care issues receive substantial attention in this new edition--powers of attorney, visitation, insurance, burial, property, and finances, with detailed sample documents included. Other revised topics include estate planning; lawyers and legal research, including a list of lesbian and gay rights organizations; and surrogate mothers. Other chapters (property, finances, children, and breaking up) have basically remained the same. Convenient full-size tear-out agreement forms are appended, as well as a new list of AIDS organizations. While Eric Marcus's Male Couple's Guide to Living Together ( LJ 3/1/88) covers similar ground, this is quite thorough and contains a great deal of practical advice that could be used by heterosexual couples as well. Recommended for public and academic libraries, and legal collections.-- Louise Stwalley, Univ. of Colorado at Denver Lib.
Booknews
Written by three attorneys, this book advises same-sex couples on their legal rights, with regard to such issues as domestic partnership benefits; power of attorney in medical or financial emergencies; custody battles; estate planning; and having and raising children through such methods as adoption, artificial insemination, surrogacy and foster parenting. Also contains updated information on efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. Blank forms and sample documents are provided for readers' use. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Los Angeles Times
"The edge of the law will...be much less fearful for those who have this book."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873370219
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 1/1/1986
  • Edition description: 4th ed
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 300

Table of Contents

1. Creating Family: Marriage, Domestic Partners and More
2. Living Together and the Real World
3. I'm Mom, She's Mommy (Or I'm Dad, He's Papa)
4. Medical and Financial Matters: Delegating Authority
5. Looking Ahead: Estate Planning
6. Living Together Contracts for Lesbian and Gay Couples
7. Buying a Home Together (and Other Real Estate Ventures)
8. Heterosexual Marriages: The Aftermath
9. Going Separate Ways
10. Help Beyond the Book
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