Books By Frederick Hertz

Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions
Of course same-sex couples should have the right to marry or legally register. But whether or not to do so is a different question altogether! After years of fighting for marriage equality, full legal marriage is available in four states and Canada, and marriage-equivalent registration in five others. Many same-sex couples are feeling the pressure to take advantage of the newly available legal options, but there are unique questions and issues that same-sex couples should discuss before walking down the aisle. In Making It Legal: A Guide to Same-Sex Marriage, Domestic Partnerships & Civil Unions, Frederick Hertz and Emily Doskow, co-authors of Nolo's A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples, offer the most complete, up to date, and practical guide for same-sex couples considering a legal commitment.
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A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples
A Legal Guide for Lesbian & Gay Couples includes comprehensive summaries of the law pertaining to same-sex couples, including anti-discrimination codes, domestic partnership regulations, wills and trusts information, and child custody provisions. It also contains all the forms and sample agreements necessary to document your relationship or to dissolve your partnership, including child custody, home ownership, asset distribution and estate planning documents.
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Legal Affairs
Legal Affairs contains extensive discussion on the financial, practical, and legal issues which same-sex couples face as a result of the absence of marital rules for gay couples. The first half of the book, entitled The Happy Times, explains the need for making agreements and sets forth the critical issues and elements that go into every agreement. The second half of the book, The Hard Times, details the process of breaking up a non-marital relationship, including suggestions on how to best avoid the ugly "gay divorce."
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