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Tenants’ Rights for Victims of Natural Disasters In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, countless people were displaced from their homes. While homeowners confront destroyed houses and navigate insurance woes, renters have their own set of problems. Disputes between landlords and tenants are one of the more common legal problems to arise in the wake of a major storm. Find Out More…   Cohabitation Agreements Protect Relationships More and more couples are living together without being married. For those who do, …

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Posted 1 year ago in Gay and Lesbian issues by Aaron Kase  
LGBT Marriage Comes to Maine, Maryland

Voters in Maine and Maryland yesterday approved ballot measures that will bring same-sex marriage to the states, the first time in history the issue has won a popular vote. The result of a third such ballot question in Washington state is still pending. In Minnesota, voters rejected a ballot measure that would have written a ban on gay marriage into the state constitution, though the practice remains illegal under state law. Maine had previously passed a law sanctioning LGBT marriage, …

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Cohabitation Agreements Protect Relationships

More and more couples are living together without being married. There was a 13 percent increase in such arrangements between 2009 and 2010 alone. At the same time, only 51 percent of all adults are getting married. This is a record low.   Reasons to Cohabitate Couples choose to cohabitate instead of marry for many reasons. A reported 60 percent of married couples live together before marriage. Many couples live together because same-sex marriage is not recognized in their home …

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Posted 2 years ago in Gay and Lesbian issues Government by Aaron Kase  
Maine to Vote on LGBT Marriage

Maine will take another shot at marriage equality this election day as voters consider a ballot question on whether to allow same-sex couples to tie the knot. The state legislature previously passed a law allowing LGBT marriage in 2009, but opponents promptly got the law wiped out through a ballot referendum, or “people’s veto.” Now the people have a chance to change their minds. In a related issue, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by anti-gay groups …

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Posted 2 years ago in Estate Planning by Aaron Kase  
LGBT Couples Get Ripped Off by Estate Taxes

Same-sex couples who live in states that don’t recognize gay marriage or civil unions are out of luck when it comes to estate taxes, facing much higher rates when one partner passes away than do their peers who are legally married. The discriminatory nature of tax laws was illustrated by a recent case in Pennsylvania, where Marie Himmelberger’s longtime partner Sharon Warnock passed away in 2010. Himmelberger and Warnock were in fact legally joined in New Jersey after a 2007 …

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