Synopses & Reviews
Laws regarding same-sex relationships are changing! 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 each other's lives and the lives of children you co-parent in times of medical, financial or personal crisis. But if you do take these legal steps, you'll be protected against disaster and, more importantly, bonded together more deeply than ever.
This practical, plain-English guide shows lesbian and gay couples how to:
A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples
- make practical decisions about living together
- obtain domestic partner benefits
- make medical decisions for each other when needed
- take care of your partner's finances when your partner can't
- leave property to each other
- understand the practical and legal aspects of having and raising children through adoption, donor insemination, surrogacy or foster parenting
, now in its 12th edition, is completely revised and updated to cover new domestic-partnership laws in California and New Jersey, same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Canada, the latest on raising children and updated estate planning laws.
"Most legal guidebooks including those written for lawyers ignore lesbian and gay couples. For almost 20 years, this has been the outstanding exception, and it remains the standard for lesbians and gay men who want solid, basic answers." Matt Coles, Director, Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, ACLU
In a society that still stigmatizes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, our families require a level of legal attention that is challenging to the average person.
Summary 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.
About the Author
Hayden Curry, a graduate of Yale University who received his law degree from the University of Virginia, trained as a poverty lawyer and spent two years working with migrant workers in rural Florida. He moved to California in 1969 and worked in a legal services office in East Oakland. After leaving legal services, he worked as a law partner with Denis Clifford for several years and helped write A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples
. A proud participant of the Bay Area's gay community, Hayden died of AIDS in 1991.
Denis Clifford, a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was an editor of The Law Review, is a lawyer who specializes in estate planning. He is the author of many Nolo titles including Quick and Legal Will Book, Nolo's Simple Will Book and Make Your Own Living Trust and co-author of Plan Your Estate and A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples. He has been interviewed by such major media as The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Money Magazine.
Frederick Hertz is a practicing attorney and the author of Legal Affairs: Essential Advice for Same-Sex Couples (Owl Books) and co-author of Nolo's The Living Together Kit and A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.