LGBT & Domestic Partner Planning
Estate & Long Term Care Planning for Same Sex Couples and Domestic Partners
11 million people in the U. S. are cohabitating couples. 1.4 million
live in same-sex (LGBT) households, defined by the U. S. Census Bureau.
Many states, including Florida, do not recognize same sex marriage or
Many same sex households and
unmarried heterosexual couples do not have children who, traditionally,
are the providers of long term care as people age. Did you ever ask
is going to take care of me?” “Will my partner be allowed to make legal
and medical decisions for me, if I am incapacitated?”
What if you die without a Will? In Florida, a domestic or same sex
partner will not automatically inherit the couple’s assets, and those
assets may be distributed to the person’s family according to current
When you meet with us, we will co-create a legal plan tailored to meet
your goals so that you and your partner may have the future you
Hospital Visitation Rights
hope the incident that occurred at Jackson Memorial in Miami, FL when a
same-sex partner and the children were denied access to their dying
loved one, never happens again. This is achieved through awareness and
education. We can help protect your visitation rights and legal rights.
Following the case of Langbehn v. Jackson Memorial Hospital,
President Barack Obama issued a memorandum requiring hospitals and
facilities that receive government funds to allow visitation to
partners of patients or residents. The Center for Medicare &
Medicaid Services (CMS) created federal regulations on patient
visitation rights. Click here to view the White House Memorandum.
The Law Office of Stephanie L. Schneider co-authored a program with Sunserve
in South Florida designed to educate medical professionals about
cultural and social diversity, and its influence on legal and medical
decision-making with a focus on the LGBT community. We invite you to
contact our office or Sunserve to host the seminar at your location.
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