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Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-39521-9
384 pages
November 2012
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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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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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June 27, 2013
Same-Sex Legal Kit For Dummies: A Clear-cut Guide to LGBT Legal Issues

Same-sex couples face arguably the biggest human rights issue of our generation, but the fight does not end at the altar. Aside from marriage laws, it is important for same-sex couples to be knowledgeable on their states’ tax, finance, healthcare and adoption laws as those too can impact their future.

Same-Sex Legal Kit For Dummies®(Wiley, 978-1-118-39521-9, Nov. 2012) is a straightforward, easy-to-read guide to the legal information and guidance LGBT people, whether single or coupled, 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.

The book addresses some of the issues and questions same sex couples may face, such as: 

  • The difference between a “Civil Union” and a “Marriage” from a legal standpoint
  • How to use legal documents such as partnership and parenting agreements, deeds, and wills, when state and federal laws do not recognize the rights of same-sex couples
  • Purchasing Life Insurance policies
  • Obtaining a mortgage or joint loans in states with no legal recognition of same-sex partners
  • How same-sex couples are treated in the military, even after the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy
  • The options for same-sex couples seeking to build a family.

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.

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