The issue of gay marriage legality is a hot topic in the United States these days. People are passionate about it from both directions, and of course it has been a subject that has been hotly debated here in California for years.
Marriage affords certain legal rights, and this is one of the primary reasons why people who are involved in long-term, committed same-sex relationships are so concerned about their unions being recognized by the powers that be. This is understandable, but there are things that you can take control of on your own without waiting for legislative approval.
Same-sex couples can and should execute legally binding documents to assert their wishes. If you plan your estate intelligently, you can make sure that your partner is provided for financially. You can also take steps to ensure that your partner is your legal decision-maker with regard to medical and financial issues in the event of your incapacity.
Even if you were living in a state that allowed gay marriage, you never know what the future holds, and here in California we have directly experienced how things can change. So it is important to state your wishes in no uncertain terms, regardless of whether you are legally married or not.
If the above make sense to you, action is required. To be certain that all of your bases are covered, pick up the phone right now to arrange for an informative consultation with a licensed, experienced San Jose estate planning lawyer.
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