Thursday, May 26, 2011

Countdown to Civil Unions in Illinois: 6 Days To Go

As of June 1, 2011, any two adults, that are not married or in a civil union type relationship already, and are not closely related, will be able to enter into a civil union in Illinois. This will be a huge day for many homosexual couples, but also for many, many others that simply want to have someone they trust have hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights, property rights, etc. It is this "etc." I wish to devote this Countdown to Civil Unions in Illinois series.

Some Civil Union Benefits, continued:

4. Folks that want to share Illinois based employer (not federal) health care coverage just like spouses, will now have that option even if they cannot or do not want to be married.

5. Civil union partner cannot be compelled to testify against one another, just like spouses.

6. Creditors of one civil union partner will be unable to reach their jointly held home, as it can be held as one, indivisible whole, each partner owning an half, just like spouses.

More to come!

To learn more, contact my firm through our website or e-mail me.

PLEASE NOTE: the above is NOT legal advice. It is only a general statement about the state of the law. It is not a recommendation and should not be used to make decisions regarding you specific situation. For such a recommendation, consult an attorney regarding your specific factual circumstance.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Countdown to Civil Unions in Illinois: 7 Days To Go

As of June 1, 2011, any two adults, that are not married or in a civil union type relationship already, and are not closely related, will be able to enter into a civil union in Illinois. This will be a huge day for many homosexual couples, but also for many, many others that simply want to have someone they trust have hospital visitation rights, inheritance rights, property rights, etc. It is this "etc." I wish to devote this Countdown to Civil Unions in Illinois series.


Some Civil Union Benefits:


1. Without marriage or a civil union, a person who is left or predeceased by her partner has no claim to child or property of other partner.


2. Folks that wanted to visit or be visited by their companion while in a hospital, will now have that right even if they cannot or do not want to be married.


3. You can benefit from joint Illinois income tax filing by entering into a civil union.


More to come!


To learn more, contact my firm through our website or e-mail me.


PLEASE NOTE: the above is NOT legal advice. It is only a general statement about the state of the law. It is not a recommendation and should not be used to make decisions regarding you specific situation. For such a recommendation, consult an attorney regarding your specific factual circumstance.