Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies

Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies

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Grasp the latest legal information for gay and lesbian couples Same-sex relationships are treated differently under each state's laws, and nearly a quarter of the U.S. population lives in a state with some form of legal recognition for same-sex couples. Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies is a practical, plain-English guide to the legal information and guidance lesbian and gay couples need-from making practical decisions about living together and obtaining domestic partner benefits, to making medical decisions, taking care of each other's finances when one partner is incapacitated, leaving property to each other, having and raising children, and much more. Discusses power of attorney, health directives, and real estate and personal property ownership Covers considerations for bank accounts, investments, and estate planning The book's accompanying CD-ROM includes dozens of helpful tools, forms, and letters Brings you up to speed on the latest in civil unions, workplace rights, rental agreements and leases, and much more The information contained in Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies is invaluable for anyone in a same-sex relationship who needs to grasp the laws and regulations that apply to their unique situation CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
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  • United States
  • 1st edition
  • 9781118435267

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: How the Law Views Marriage and Same-Sex Relationships 7 Chapter 1: Being Aware of Same-Sex Legal Issues 9 Chapter 2: Living in a Same-Sex Marriage or Relationship 17 Chapter 3: Eyeing the Challenges that Same-Sex Couples and Their Children Face 37 Chapter 4: Facing Discrimination and Seeking Help 49 Part II: Everyday Law and Your Family 63 Chapter 5: Home Sweet Home: Living Together 65 Chapter 6: A Quick Lowdown on Joining Assets 89 Chapter 7: Creating a Family: Yours, Mine, and Ours 107 Chapter 8: Wading through Tax Issues for Unmarried Partners 131 Chapter 9: Living Together in Sickness and in Health 145 Chapter 10: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 171 Part III: Planning Ahead to Protect Your Loved Ones 185 Chapter 11: LGBT Estate Planning: Laying the Groundwork 187 Chapter 12: Last Will and Testament: Your Primary Estate Planning Document 201 Chapter 13: The Living Revocable Trust: The Keystone to Your Estate Plan 227 Chapter 14: Funding: Transferring Assets into Your Trust 251 Chapter 15: Passing Along Your Employment Benefits to Your Partner 265 Chapter 16: Dealing with the Personal Injury and Death of Your Partner 275 Part IV: Handling Other Relevant Issues 289 Chapter 17: Wading Through Immigration Issues 291 Chapter 18: After Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Living in the Military as LGB (not T) 303 Chapter 19: Becoming an Activist for LGBT Equality 317 Part V: The Part of Tens 327 Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Keys to Dealing with Disgruntled Relatives 329 Chapter 21: Ten Ways the Law Harms the LGBT Community 335 Appendix A: About the CD 341 Index 347
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Carrie Stone, along with her life partner, co-owns and operates Rainbow Law, an online legal information and document preparation resource for the LGBT community. John G. Culhane is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Health Law Institute at Widener University School of Law.
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