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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118395212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118395219
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Get up to speed about essential advance directive documents, such as a power of attorney and living will
  • Understand how each state's laws treat same-sex relationships
  • Create essential estate planning documents, such as a will and living revocable trust

CD includes helpful tools, forms, and sample legal documents

A practical guide to LGBT legal issues and how to protect yourself, your partner, and your family

Same-Sex Legal Kit For Dummies is a practical, plain-English guide to the legal information and guidance LGBT people, whether single or coupled, need — from making decisions about protecting your families to making medical decisions, taking care of finances when one partner is incapacitated, leaving property to loved ones, having and raising children, and much more.

  • Understanding the marriage debate — figure out what marriage really means and arm yourself with the legal information you need to protect your rights in a same-sex relationship
  • The daily grind — consider money issues (like merging or keeping finances separate) and make informed decisions about everyday issues families face
  • Yours, mine, and ours — get the scoop on wills and trusts, and why the living revocable trust is such an important estate planning tool for you and your partner

CD Includes

Dozens of helpful forms and letters to assist you in drafting important legal documents, such as a durable power of attorney, living will, living-together agreement, parenting agreement, and much more.

Please see CD appendix for complete system requirements.

Open the book and find:

  • A plain-English explanation of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
  • Guidance on facing discrimination
  • The ins and outs of artificial insemination, adoption, and surrogacy
  • Advice on joining assets and starting a family
  • Tax issues for same-sex couples
  • The 4-1-1 on immigration concerns for LGBT folks
  • How to deal with personal injury and the death of your partner
  • What LGBT soldiers need to know about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

About the Author

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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The documentation CD that is included is perfect!
Heather A Coleman
I have really learned so much regarding Same-Sex Legal issues and would highly recommend this book to others.
annadot
For a "Dummies" book it is very well researched and complete.
Gary in Sun City, AZ

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Pantliano TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 1, 2013
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Same-Sex Legal kit is a very comprehensive book that covers pretty much every issue that a same-sex couple can face. Topics include, children, legal issues, taxes, discrimination, health care concerns, and many more. The chapters are laid out logically and the advice is very easy to understand and follow. Since the laws and regulations vary so much from state to state (heck even within some states) this book is a valuable resource for any same-sex couple, especially those who want to marry or spend their lives together. There are also lots of helpful notes and scenarios scattered throughout the book. Usually it's very simple to find the information you're looking for, but there is an index in the back of the book should you need to look up a specific item. Lastly, there is a very comprehensive CD-ROM included with sample forms and spreadsheets that spell out which states offer what when it comes to same sex couples.

All in all...until things are simpler in this country for same-sex couple a book like this is invaluable.
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Awesome book. Buy it and use it. We are not safe or protected by law and we are still treated as second class citizens. Frankly even if we had equal human and civil rights we would still need wills and medical directives. Cover yourself and your partner.
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By WWCitizen on January 8, 2014
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Since the 2013 SCOTUS DOMA decisions, this entire book might soon be moot! Plus, many states now passing marriage equality legislation might render this book's content unnecessary. However!! There are topics, such as last wills and testaments, Health care Powers of Attorney, etc., that are necessary - even for opposite-sex couples.
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"Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies" is a good reference book. It has a lot of good information laid out in an easy to read manner.

It will give you information that you might not know and it will help you be more informed should you need to have some legal work done. But it is not a replacement for professional legal advice or help. You will still need to hire someone to help you through whatever process you need.

But this book will help inform you and make you better prepared when you meet with the professionals.
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While there has always been a need for a concise and accurate guide to legal and tax implications of a same-sex relationship, the need is even more evident these days, as twelve states have already passed same-sex marriages, many others have some form of domestic partnership or civil union, and recent opinion polls show a growing acceptance of these arrangements in the US. The timing for this book is ideal.

Two attorneys wrote this book, and it is a commendably ambitious effort to cover as many bases as possible, from an understanding of applicable basic property and probate laws, and living together agreements, to health care concerns, trusts and estate planning, income tax advice, co-parenting and adoption, immigration and military issues. There is also a CD included with basic legal forms and some charts comparing state laws.

Although I largely applaud their effort, I do have two issues about the book that bother me. For one, I do feel the authors too often step on a soapbox and lecture on the injustice that exists, with same-sex couples never recognized under federal law (even if acknowledged by their state); the comments are accurate, but I feel they are out-of-place in a book that should be solely informational. Secondly, I feel the authors haven't taken sufficient care to conspicuously caution readers that what they are writing should be considered general guidelines, which may not be appropriate in all situations. Laws regarding same-sex couples already vary widely from state to state, and are changing constantly with the flood of new legislation out there. Some states require specific verbiage in wills or trust documents. There are also numerous passages I found misleading, or, in at least one case, absolutely contrary to federal tax law.
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By Gulielmus VINE VOICE on March 9, 2013
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As someone with a law degree, I have long realized the value of these "kits." Boilerplate agreements work for the vast majority of people, and this book gives a very good resouce for these items. However, the name is a bit misleading because of the vast resources taht this book offers. Besides legal advice, it also provides insight into issues with children, discrimination, etc. The CD is also very handy, as it offers many legal resources together in one place. The value is that there is no need to buy a seperate program like Quicken Lawyer or Keplinger's. This resource alone is worth the purchase.

The only caveat is that legal issues in this book can change rapidly. Marriage equality and child issues are changing daily state by state, and it's important to research any changes that have happened in your state before universally applying the principles in this book. Still, it is a very valuable resouce.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. L. Miles VINE VOICE on January 25, 2013
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I really love these "for Dummies" books. While I am not gay, I am a lawyer and I need to brush up on simple state rules. However, as I am writing this, I believe President Obama is passing down an amendment to the Civil Rights Bill.

Nevertheless, I have found that this is an incredible resource for people like me--a layman on the rights and due diligence on freedoms that are granted to our great fellow citizens. It disgusts me that anyone on this planet be treated as a second-class citizen.

There are some really great aspect of this book, including:
State by State laws,
Power of Attorney,
A plain-English explanation of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
Guidance on facing discrimination
The ins and outs of artificial insemination, adoption, and surrogacy
Advice on joining assets and starting a family
Tax issues for same-sex couples
The 4-1-1 on immigration concerns for LGBT folks
How to deal with personal injury and the death of your partner
What LGBT soldiers need to know about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The CD itself will save you an enormous amount of $$$ because it holds so many sample forms--pretty much a cut/copy/paste with the CD.

Well, I wish you well on your road.

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All the Best to
You and Yours,
RLM
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