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A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples

Protect your rights -- protect your relationship! Laws affecting LGBT couples are changing rapidly, and while it's an exciting time for all gay and lesbian partners, keeping up with the myriad ways... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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Read this before you move in together!

This NOLO guide provides practical recommendations in an easy-to-read, accessible format. The chapters provide guidelines for different situations and give very specific examples of how to create contracts that ensure that couples and families will have the kind of relationships that *they* want to have. Not all of the contract ideas in the book are strictly legal in nature. Most of them are designed to help couples and families determine what they personally consider fair in their lives. One of my favorite contracts is between a "teenager and the adults he lives with." Many of the examples deal with economic inequality in relationships. For example, in the section on home ownership, there is a discussion on how equity can be shared if the partners do not have equal financial contributions. There are specific examples for how to fairly determine the worth each partner's contribution if they are working on a "fixer-upper." There are also contracts that spell out financial support if one partner is working while the other is in school and vice versa. There is also a brief but valuable discussion of what to do if one of the partners receives public assistance. The authors do not assume that any relationship agreement is more "fair" than any other agreement, which they make clear when discussing unequal incomes in relationship. These are issues that ultimately make or break relationships. The other reviewer is correct in that it is essential to pay attention to current laws. The advice on using a known sperm donor should be used with caution and current legal advice, as should any decision concerning children. In fact, after reading this book and carefully considering the rights and responsibilities that the law spells out for married couples (and which you don't get any say in deciding), some couples may decide that having a lawful civil marriage isn't what they really want.

Info that all LGBT people should know......

I really enjoy this book and would recommend it to anyone who is in a LGBT relationship. I especially enjoy the CD-ROM that it includes so you can type up your own forms as a way to protect yourself and your partner.

Get's an A+

If you have a college degree, good income, own a home, and prefer a do-it-yourself explanation, this is the book for you. It is written by laywers and describes partnership situations in detail with legal/financial tools to apply. In some cases, it gets down to state by state specifics (Vermont's same-sex law, Hawaii's beneficiary law, etc). It deals with houses & other property, stocks & bank accounts, wills & inheritance, children, prior marriages, and even breaking up.If you are still 'building your credit history' or want to learn about 'life insurance policies', then buy one of the simpler books. If you are an educated anal-rententive meticulously detail-oriented gay adult, then this is the book for you. You can skip the others.

A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples (Legal Guide for L

This guide has been highly resourceful in the lives of my partner and I. There is not a day that goes by that we do not reference it. It is written in a very easy to understand format and contains several templates for "Durable Power of Attorneys", etc. I highly recommend this book. Anyone interested in emailing me.

Fabulous fabulous guide for the 20th century

This guide has been highly resourceful in the lives of my partner and I. There is not a day that goes by that we do not reference it. It is written in a very easy to understand format and contains several templates for "Durable Power of Attorney"s, etc. I highly recommend this book. Anyone interested in emailing me, just remove "no-spam" from my address.
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