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Gay Rights Legal Issues

This week the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it was illegal for states to discriminate against gay marriage.  Heterosexuals and homosexuals can now have the same rights.  This will undoubted lead to a number of new marriages throughout Kentucky and the United States. The Bouldin law Firm has been servicing gay clientele since its inception more than 20 years ago.  As a businessman, this will create a new amount of legal work.  Until now, gay couples could not adopt the same child.  As a result, many couples have a child that is either biologically or adopted by one parent and legally unrelated to the other parent.  As a result, estate and financial planning was of utmost importance to these clients. While not particularly addressed in the Supreme Court decision, those couples should and are legally now allowed to take the next step and BOTH adopt their children.  Why is this so important?  I can answer that with one simple question: What about the death of one parent? If that parent died, then the other parent would have to petition the probate, then the juvenile court for custody.  If you have children, take the legal steps necessary to (1) marry, (2) plan your estate, and (3) adopt.  These are important for ALL couples with children and now apply equally to gay and straight couples. The estate planning advice is not limited to gay couples.  I have made it part of my practice to insist on estate planning: Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, Health Care, Living Will and Trusts where appropriate.  This is important while married and to update following a divorce or dissolution. For more information or to schedule an appointment to begin the adoption process, contact Michael Bouldin at the Bouldin Law Firm by emailing [email protected] or call 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE).  Schedule with Emily, Mike's paralegal.

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