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Author Hertz, Frederick.
Title A legal guide for lesbian and gay couples / Frederick Hertz and Emily Doskow.
Published [Berkeley, Calif.] : Nolo, c2012.
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 Floor2  KF539 .C58 2012    IN LIBRARY
  
Edition 16th ed.
Description 431 p. : forms ; 23 cm.
Note Rev. ed. of: A legal guide for lesbian and gay couples / by Denis Clifford, Frederick Hertz, and Emily Doskow. 15th ed. 2010.
Includes index.
Contents Defining family : basics of marriage, domestic partnership, and more -- Marriage and marriage-equivalent relationships -- Money, insurance, name changes, and immigration issues -- Renting a home together -- I'm mom, she's mommy (or I'm daddy, he's papa) -- Medical and financial matters : delegating authority -- Looking ahead : estate planning -- Living together contracts for lesbian and gay couples -- Buying a home together (and other real estate ventures) -- Going separate ways : issues at the end of a relationship -- Help beyond this book.
Your LGBT family companion -- How we see our relationships -- 1. Defining family : basics of marriage, domestic partnership, and more -- Defining family -- Domestic partnership -- Employee benefits for domestic partners -- Other benefits -- Marriage and marriage-like relationships in the United States: an overview -- Can you get married? -- Creating marriage-like relationships by contract -- Ending a relationship -- Keeping up with legal changes -- 2. Marriage and marriage-equivalent relationships -- Same-sex marriage in the marriage equality states -- Marriage equivalent: California's Domestic Partnership Law -- Other marriage-equivalent laws -- Pre- and postpartnership agreements -- Marriage lite: relationship recognition in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Maine -- Is marriage (or its equivalent) right for you? -- 3. Money, insurance, name changes, and immigration issues -- Cash and credit -- Insurance -- Name changes -- Foreign lovers: visits and immigration -- 4. Renting a home together -- If a landlord discriminates against you -- Sharing a rental -- Sharing one partner's rented home -- Renter's insurance -- Moving on -- Public benefits and living together -- 5. I'm mom, she's mommy (or I'm daddy, he's papa) -- Legal parents and the second-parent trap -- Having a child -- Adopting a child -- Foster parenting -- Becoming a guardian -- Agreements with teenagers -- 6. Medical and financial matters : delegating authority -- Health care decisions -- Physician-assisted suicide -- Burial and body disposition -- Estate planning note -- Durable power of attorney for finances -- 7. Looking ahead : estate planning -- Death and living together contracts -- Wills -- Estate planning beyond a will -- 8. Living together contracts for lesbian and gay couples -- Living together contracts are legal -- When you need a living together contract -- What to include in a living together contract -- Sample living together contracts -- Contracts for jointly acquired items -- Modifying your agreement -- Beware the tax man! -- 9. Buying a home together (and other real estate ventures) -- Finding a house -- How much house can you afford? -- Proceeding with your purchase -- Taking title to your new home -- Contracts for home purchase and ownership -- 10. Going separate ways : issues at the end of a relationship -- Breaking up: an overview -- The separation process: what to do -- Getting to yes: how to work toward resolution -- Ideas for solving some common problems -- Breaking up when there's no legal relationship -- Dissolving a same-sex marriage -- Dissolving a straight marriage -- Domestic violence in same-sex relationships -- 11. Help beyond this book -- Hiring a lawyer -- Doing your own legal research -- Legal organizations -- Appendix. Using the interactive forms -- Editing RTFs -- List of forms.
Summary "Provides legal information to help same-sex couples exercise their rights and make sound decisions together"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Gay couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
Lesbian couples -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.
Homosexuality -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Genre Law for laypersons.
Related Names Doskow, Emily.
Clifford, Denis. Legal guide for lesbian and gay couples.
ISBN 9781413316810 (pbk.)
1413316816 (pbk.)
9781413316940 (ebk.)
1413316948 (ebk.)
OCLC number 740624006