A Legal Guide for Lesbian and Gay Couples by Hayden Curry

By Hayden Curry

Legislation designed to guard married do not follow to lesbian and homosexual undefined. So how do you continue if you have followed a baby or have to write your will? flip to A criminal consultant for Lesbian and homosexual undefined. This publication indicates you the way to:

*write living-together contracts

*plan for scientific emergencies

*plan your estates

A felony advisor for Lesbian and homosexual additionally covers:

*same-sex marriages

*co-parent and two-parent adoptions

*healthcare directives

*domestic partnerships

*domestic accomplice advantages

*the functional and felony features of getting and elevating young children.

The up to date and revised eleventh variation displays the newest property tax legislation, and samples of residing jointly contracts, pattern wills and a sturdy energy of attorney.

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Jane, not Renee, entered into a contract with the landlord. But just as Renee has no legal obligations at this early stage, she has no rights either. If Jane moves out, Renee can’t stay unless the landlord consents. Renee can easily turn into a tenant with all the legal rights and responsibilities that go with tenant status by doing any of the following: • Having the landlord prepare a new lease that includes both Jane and Renee as tenants. • Talking to the landlord and agreeing orally to a tenant-landlord relationship.

Louise is liable for it all for the remaining six months. Louise, however, does have a partial out. If she 2/9 doesn’t want to stay, she can try to find someone to take over the remainder of the lease. Even if the lease prohibits subletting and the landlord insists on enforcing it, Louise can legally move out with no financial obligation as long as she finds a suitable new tenant who will pay at least the same rent. This is because the law requires the landlord to do whatever possible to re-rent the apartment (“mitigate damages,” in legalese), and not just sit back and insist on the lease payments.

How does a couple terminate their domestic partnership? Note that even though most domestic partnership applications ask you to state that you are financially responsible for each other’s needs, these ap- 1/7 plications are generally not considered binding contracts of support. In other words, your partner can’t sue you for failing to provide for him, as promised. If you are interested in working with your employer toward obtaining domestic partnership benefits, we recommend that you get a copy of The Domestic Partnership Organizing Manual for Employee Benefits, published by the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

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