Same-Sex Legal Services Attorney in Las Vegas
Putting Your Family First
Decided on June 26, 2015 in a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision ruled that all states are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed in other jurisdictions. This held all state same-sex marriage bans to be unconstitutional and legalized same-sex marriage in all remaining states.
The decision came on the second anniversary of the United States v. Windsor ruling that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied federal recognition of same-sex marriages. It also came on the twelfth anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas which struck down sodomy laws in 13 states. Each justice's opinion on Obergefell was consistent with their opinion in Windsor. In both cases, Justice Kennedy authored the majority opinion and was considered the "swing vote"
In Nevada, as you prepare for your perfect day, there are things that you and your future spouse can do to plan for the best life together. Law Practice, Ltd. can help you with these legal matters.
To learn more about how our firm can help you, please call (702) 899-2875.
Changing Your Name
You and your partner may have discussed whether one or both of you will change your names after the wedding. You can make copies of your marriage license for most name changes or may require a certified copy of your marriage license for banks and many government organizations. Should you need assistance with a name change, Law Practice, Ltd., can help.
A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract that the couple enters into before getting married. This agreement will establish at the outset how to handle matters if the couple later divorces.
In reality, a marriage has a business component many people don’t consider when planning a wedding. Most people don’t know that from the date of your marriage, your earnings are equally the property of your spouse. Likewise, any debts you incur are also the responsibility of your spouse.
A discussion about a pre-nuptial agreement does not sound very romantic and is often a delicate subject to raise with your potential spouse. However, with the right approach, it allows the parties to enter into their marriage union with confidence. Because of this, couples may wish to consider a pre-marital agreement that is fair to both spouses and lets a couple begin their new life together without the uncertainty about what the future may bring.
A thoughtful estate plan is important for all families, not just for families with a lot of money. None of us like to think about the inevitable, but estate planning can save your family a lot of money and stress in the future. You will want to consider the need for a will, revocable living trust, advance health care directives, and a durable power of attorney. Remember to update your beneficiary information on life insurance policies, bank accounts, 401K plans, and deeds.
At Law Practice, Ltd., we will put you in touch with an estate planning professional to tailor an estate plan to meet the needs of your new family.
If you and your spouse are planning to start a family, there are many options available to you. There are adoption agencies, surrogates, egg and sperm donors, and other reproductive methods providing new technology that never existed before to enable a couple to raise a child.
At Law Practice, Ltd., we can provide you with the experience and knowledge necessary to assist you in navigating the details of facilitating this process and making sure that your rights are protected. Expectations and details must be clearly documented so that all parties to such contracts are protected.
For more information about our same-sex legal services in Las Vegas, please call us at (702) 899-2875.