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Protect Your Wishes and Family

March 31st, 2011

Happy Spring. LegalOut wishes you a bountiful & joyous spring!

A new spring brings the traditional spring cleaning, a good time to organize, decide on priorities, and get your home in order. Spring is also an excellent time to review your legal situation and make sure that you have essential legal documents to ensure your wishes and family are protected. Check out some important legal documents below or for more information or other legal documents visit Create Legal Docs>>

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Last Will and Testament
Protect Your Loved Ones: A Will is a document under which a Will writer states his or her intentions regarding the persons or organizations (”Beneficiaries”) who will receive the Will writer’s property, and the person or organization (”Executor”) who will carry out the Will writer’s wishes. Click here to prepare a Last Will and Testament>>

Living Will/Advance Directive for Healthcare
Protect Your Wishes: A Living Will authorizes an agent of your choosing to communicate your life-support decisions to medical personnel in the event that you are unable to do so. A Living Will spares your family the anguish of making life-support decisions without your input. A Living Will also ensures that your doctor understands your end-of-life wishes and treats you accordingly.Click here to prepare a Living Will/Advance Directive for Healthcare>>

Domestic Partnership Agreement
Protect Your Partnership: A Domestic Partnership Agreement is a document that a couple can enter into to dictate their contractual rights as a couple. It is also used to outline the responsibilities of each partner when a couple decides to form a long-term committed relationship, such as how to share income and pay bills and whether property is meant to be jointly or individually owned. Click here to prepare a Domestic Partnership Agreement>>

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Advance Health Care Directive

October 2nd, 2009

An Advance Health Care Directive allows you to name a specific person to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them for yourself and provide instructions regarding your wishes and desires for health care, including what treatment is not desired.

Other names for advance health care directive include health care powers of attorney, durable powers of medical attorney, health care proxies and living wills.

An Advance Directive for Health Care or Living Will lets you:

  • Name a specific person to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them for yourself.
  • Plan for surgery or hospitalization.
  • Assist your loved ones with difficult decisions.
  • State your wishes so that it is more likely that they will be carried out.

Ensure your wishes are carried out in case something happens to you. In a time of crisis, the last thing you want is to have your loved ones try to guess your health care wishes.

Create your Advance Health Care Directive now>>

Recently the Human Rights Campaign published the Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey of healthcare industry policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and their families. The goals of the HEI are: 1) to benchmark healthcare facilities on identified best practices and policies with respect to equal treatment of LGBT individuals and families; and 2) to share, implement and recognize these best practices with healthcare industry leaders.

To read more about the study and results click here.

Start now, create your Advance Health Care Directive for a peace of mind>>

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LegalOut is Proud to Welcome Guest Blogger Attorney Allison McDonald

May 8th, 2009

LegalOut is excited to welcome Allison McDonald as a guest blogger. Allison is an attorney with the Law Office of Allison M. McDonald, P.C. located in Decatur, Georgia. Allison’s practice concentrates in family law — specifically divorces, custody issues and adoptions, and estate planning with at least half of her clients being in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community.

Allison is the perfect person to talk about life and estate planning for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, marriage rights for same-sex couples and legal documents LGBT couples and individuals can use to protect their relationships and wishes.

“We are thrilled to have Allison on board to blog about estate planning for LGBT individuals and couples, whose basic civil rights, depending on state legislation, can be restricted. Even with recent states passing marriage equality for same-sex couples, the federal government does not recognize marriages of same-sex couples and many states have passed laws denying recognition to marriages of same-sex couples,” said LegalOut’s President Lindalisa Severo. “Allison will contribute articles that will help LGBT individuals keep informed on how they can protect their wishes.”

Allison has reviewed the following documents for LegalOut: Hospital Visitation Authorization, Shared Parenting, Domestic Partnership, and Known Donor Agreements, all of which are key legal documents to structure a couple’s parenting arrangements, provide hospital visitation rights and outline responsibilities of each partner when a couple decides to form a long-term committed relationship.

“In these uncertain times, it is important to take all the necessary steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.  In most states, the law specifically limits the rights of same-sex couples.  LegalOut is an essential resource to any same-sex couple that wants to take that next step and plan for a life together,” said Allison McDonald.

Email to contact the Law Office of Allison M. McDonald, P.C.

Check out Allison’s first blog: The Importance of Legal Planning for LGBT Individuals and Couples

Explore the legal documents available on this site… your first document is free and yours to keep!
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LegalOut is a subscription-based online resource center that provides the LGBT community with assistance in preparing legal documents through an easy-to-use, online format. Available documents are living wills, domestic partnerships, financial and health care power of attorney, co-parenting agreements, and many others. In addition, the site provides resources to keep members informed, empowered, and protected – connecting LGBT individuals, families and business operators with lawyers who understand the unique needs of the LGBT community.

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