A Step Forward for LGBT Hospital Visitation Rights

On Tuesday, January 19th, the Obama Administration announced plans to implement new hospital visitation regulations. These new regulations extend to same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. Under the new regulations, patients being treated at nearly all hospitals, specifically those that accept Medicare and Medicaid, will now be allowed to make their own decisions…

Immigration and LGBT Platforms – United or Divided?

The modern gay rights and current immigration movements may seem like two dissimilar issues; however, the two issues have much more in common than what initially meets the eye.  The push for human dignity, respect, and equality under the law are dominant themes underlying both minority movements.   And, with a large population of gay immigrants…

Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009

On the afternoon of October 28, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (18 U.S.C. Section 249) into law.  The Act is named after two victims of bias-motivated crimes.   The hate-crime that captured the world’s attention happened to Mathew Shepard, a student in Laramie, Wyoming…

Domestic partnerships, civil unions and gay marriage

While the quest for marriage equality goes forth, many wonder (justifiably) what the differences are among domestic partnerships, civil unions and marriage. Throughout the years, dictionaries have struggled to define “marriage.” The 2010 American Heritage Dictionary defines marriage as “[t]he legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife and, in some jurisdictions,…

Out Law: The pre-prenup

As states move slowly to adopt same-sex marriage, couples are turning to other legal mechanisms to govern their relationships. One such tool is the Cohabitation Agreement or “Living Together” Contract.  A Cohabitation Agreement is a legal agreement reached between a heterosexual or same-sex couple who have chosen to live together (cohabitate) but are not married. …

Top 5 Reasons Canned Legal Forms Fail Small Business Owners

ONE SIZE DOESN’T FIT ALL! Like people, every business is unique.  Having standard legal documents that are meant to fit every business is similar to a person filling their entire wardrobe with “one size fits all” clothing.  Realizing that starting and maintaining a business is costly, a business owner should not try to save money…