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‘Planning with Purpose’ Sorts Out Legalities For LGBT Seniors

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The National Center for Lesbian Rights released a new publication on July 6 aimed at helping LGBT elders navigate legal issues. Planning with Purpose: Legal Basics for LGBT Elders provides basic information about select areas of the law that are important to LGBT elders, especially individuals and couples who are age 55 and over, based on NCLR’s experience advocating for LGBT elders.

The guide includes information about issues related to relationship recognition, finances, health care, long-term care, planning for the care of minor or disabled children, inheritance, elder abuse, and discrimination against LGBT elders. It covers many areas where rights, benefits, and protections are generally provided to heterosexual people based on spousal status, but are denied to same-sex couples, even if married or in other legal unions. It also highlights issues unique to transgender elders.

SAGE: Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit agency addressing the needs of LGBT older adults, also contributed to the publication. For more information, visit nclrights.org/elderlaw. –

By Nancy Ford
 
 
 

 

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