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Same Sex Legal Kit For Dummies Paperback – November 28, 2012
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From the Back Cover
- 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
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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Top Customer Reviews
All in all...until things are simpler in this country for same-sex couple a book like this is invaluable.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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You and Yours,
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad info but i will need to have a more current information on the current changes to the law, for example the federal laws that are now have changed. Read morePublished 18 months ago by First Mrs. Korade
This book was very detailed on the steps you need to take to legally get your matters in order. But with gay marriage now being legalized in many states I don't know if this book... Read morePublished on May 16, 2013 by V. Cummings
After you get past the condescending tone, this is a a must-have guide for anyone who is gay and for anyone who is in a same-sex relationship. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by e-shrdlu
The Dummies series of books always leave me wanting more. Their topics are as varied as the people that use them for information or helpful guides. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Lorenzo M. in the Hollywood CA Area
This book is an awesome resource for the GLB community with some items for T. There is so much information, it's a bit overwhelming but it's not the kind of book you would read... Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Wendy
What a great tool for the same sex couple. It shows you how to do everything. My partner and I use this all the time. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by TerryL13