While everyone can benefit in some way by having a comprehensive estate plan, the benefits may be even more important for same sex couples who are unable to legally marry. Marriage makes estate planning much simpler, because of the automatic eligibility for benefits that married couples have. However, when legal marriage is not an option, same sex couples need an estate plan for the future, in order to protect their loved ones.Estate planning issues for same sex couplesDespite some of … [Read more...] about Why Same Sex Couples Need an Estate Plan
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Before the United States Supreme Court made the decision that banning gay marriage was unconstitutional, navigating the seas of state law, both for and against gay marriage, was treacherous. Is it hard for gay couples to get a divorce? Not anymore, but there was a time, just a few months ago, when it would have been a problem.The problem with a lack of uniformity in marriage lawsJust a few years ago, a story was published in the New York Times about a same sex couple that was faced with … [Read more...] about Is it Hard for Gay Couples to Get a Divorce?
Gay couples who are unmarried, but in a long-term relationship, may want to consider a plan for the unfortunate possibility that the relationship may end at some point. Just like with marriages, separation can be stressful. Written property agreements can eliminate the potential for a lengthy, and potentially expensive, fight if they ever separate.The substance of a property agreementLike other types of contracts, a property agreement is easily customizable. As such, each couple can … [Read more...] about Written Property Agreements for Unmarried Gay Couples
One of the privileges most taken for granted by married couples is the ability to visit their spouses in the hospital and to make medical decisions on their behalf, when they cannot do so for themselves. Luckily, with the new Supreme Court decision making same sex marriages legal in all states, same sex spouses can now enjoy these privileges. But for those that are not legally married, the issue of same sex couples and medical decisions can still be a concern. The reality is, if you want your … [Read more...] about Same Sex Couples and Medical Decisions
When one spouse passes away, there is an absolute right belonging to the surviving spouse, to decide what to do with the deceased spouse’s body and to make all funeral arrangements. The same is not true for same sex couples who live in states where their unions are not legally recognized. The good news is, an estate plan that addresses these and other issues concerning gay couples, can be a very easy solution. Having the right plan in place will make it so that your same-sex partner can … [Read more...] about Can My Same-Sex Partner Decide What to do with My Remains?
This article will discuss the current state of LGBTQ Relationship Recognition in the United States, which varies from one state to the next.Topics covered in this whitepaper include: Recognition of Marriage Between Individuals of the Same Sex Civil Unions and Domestic Partnerships The Effects of State and Federal Laws The Current Status of LGBTQ Law in California The History of Proposition 8 in California Proposition 8 Held Unconstitutional How can Gay Couples Protect Their … [Read more...] about Free Report: LGBTQ Relationship Recognition in California
LGBTQ Relationship Recognition in California from Scott SchomerThis article will discuss the current state of LGBTQ Relationship Recognition in the United States, which varies from one state to the next.Learn more about LGBTQ Relationship Recognition in California in this presentation. … [Read more...] about LGBTQ Relationship Recognition in California