As we all know, tragedy can unfortunately strike anyone, anywhere. Whether you're single or in a committed relationship, have children or not, are a 20-something or a senior, LegalOut provides you with essential, affordable legal documents and resources about planning for your future.
As your life changes, LegalOut has the flexibility to evolve with you. Explore our Wheel of Life to determine the documents you need to safeguard your rights at all stages of life:
Help the ones you love know exactly what your wishes are in the time of crisis by outlining them in a legal document.
Ensure your partner will have access to visit you in the hospital in a time of crisis by preparing appropriate Healthcare documents.
Provide a plan of how living expenses are to be shared and clarify ownership of property.
Make sure your wishes are carried out in a time of crisis by preparing Healthcare and Financial legal documents.
Ensure all your decisions are known by preparing the appropriate legal documents.
Ensure your partner has Authorization to Consent to the Medical Treatment of a Minor Child. Or, if you plan to have children in the future you may need a Donor Insemination Agreement.
Healthcare documents provide hospital visitation rights, instruct your doctor or care provider about your preference for life-saving procedures and allow you to designate your partner as your agent to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. Protect yourself now >>
Family & Children documents help families and committed partners solidify their relationships and structure their parenting arrangements. Protect yourself now >>
If you have children you may want to consider the following family documents:
Financial & Property documents help you ensure your loved ones receive their due through wills, trusts and power of attorney documents. Protect yourself now >>
Simply put, because if you donâ€™t, you run a high risk of having the law or others make critical life decisions for you. Making plans now will ensure your wishes and desires are followed. Legal documents, like the ones offered through LegalOutâ€™s easy, online document preparation tools, will ensure your protection and peace of mind in times of crisis and emergency.
While the LGBT community has opened some doors for equality over the years, many more remain closed. Youâ€™re probably well aware of the gay-rights measures that were struck down in California, Florida, and Arkansas in the historic November 2008 election.
But the inequalities go beyond the recent legislation — and the 1,138 federal tax and healthcare benefits kept from same-sex couples. For example, did you know that unless otherwise specified in many states, only legal spouses or family members â€“ not lifelong partners — can visit you in the hospital? Or that vital decisions like power of attorney can default to a biological family member who doesnâ€™t â€œagree withâ€ your sexuality?
Speak up for yourself, instead of letting the law speak for you. Get started now with a free Hospital Visitation Authorization >>
Consider these real-life scenarios:
Imagine youâ€™re heading to work one morning, and you get into a bad car accident. Youâ€™re rushed to the hospital, scared and confused, but the one person you want to see â€“ your partner â€“ isnâ€™t allowed in the emergency room. Thatâ€™s because you live in a state that doesnâ€™t recognize same-sex partners as families. So youâ€™re forced to go through the ordeal alone.
Or think about this: Youâ€™re finally taking that solo international vacation youâ€™ve been dreaming about, and you fall ill. Without legal protection, vital decisions about your healthcare â€“ and, quite possibly, about your assets should something dire happen â€“ could default to the government of a foreign country.
These scenarios are difficult to think about, but just a few minutes of planning now can help you eliminate the devastating consequences that could easily result in the face of crisis. Get started now with a free Hospital Visitation Authorization >>
Think of your legal needs much like you do your medical needs. For example, you can handle the common cold with over-the-counter medicines and home remedies. But there are other times when you need the skills of a surgeon or other specialist. The law works much the same way. For example, while LegalOut is an excellent, affordable alternative for legal documents such as financial power of attorney or domestic partnerships, youâ€™ll need a lawyer for more specific situations. Those include the following: if you sue someone, or if someone sues you; if youâ€™re signing an important contract; or if youâ€™re facing criminal charges.
You should also see a lawyer any time you feel unsure of your legal position. We urge you to read all the supporting information about the documents we provide. If you have unanswered questions, you should consider legal counsel. Some of our members use LegalOutâ€™s documents as a useful starting point and then take the information theyâ€™ve gathered to their lawyer for final approval.
Are you looking for an LGBT-friendly lawyer? We have partnerships with LGBT-friendly lawyers for your reference.
LegalOut was formed with one mission in mind: empowering you to live life on your own terms instead of allowing state laws to speak for you. To achieve this mission, we partnered from the beginning with RocketLawyer.com, a company that offers a comprehensive line of do-it- yourself legal assistance solutions that have been helping consumers for more than ten years.
All of LegalOut's legal documents, as well as its document creation process, are powered by RocketLawyer.com. In addition, every document we use has been prepared and reviewed by one of the companyâ€™s professional attorneys, so you can rest assured youâ€™re receiving high-quality legal assistance.