McHenry County & Crystal Lake
Protecting Same Sex Couples' Rights in Illinois
Same sex couples face unique challenges with nearly every legal issue they encounter. Seemingly simple matters like estate planning are more complicated for gay and lesbian couples. And the consequences can be more serious if they are not handled correctly.
I — attorney Karen M. Lavin — give same sex couples the legal protections they deserve. I have over 30 years of experience practicing law in Illinois. Whether you need to create a life partner agreement or want to adopt a child, I will guide you through the process to accomplish your goals.
Estate Planning for Same Sex Couples
Same sex couples do not have no default protection under Illinois law. So it is incredibly important to create a thorough estate plan to protect the people you love. I will help you create documents that meet your needs:
- Powers of attorney — A power of attorney can allow your partner to make important health care or financial decisions on your behalf.
- Life partnership agreements — If you have children, what will happen if you end your partnership? If you live in the same home, how will property be divided? Creating a life partnership agreement early on can protect both of you down the road.
- Property planning documents — Property does not automatically transfer to your partner if you pass away. We will draft the document you need to make sure that your loved one will be able to keep the home.
- Wills and trusts — A will or trust is especially important for couples with children. You need to be able to protect your children in the event that something happens to one or both of you.
Adoption for Same Sex Couples
Unfortunately, many adoption agencies will not work with gay and lesbian parents. I will help you find an agency you are comfortable with. Once you and your partner have worked through the agency's process, I will be by your side throughout the legal process to help you finalize the adoption.
Put Experience on Your Side
Many family lawyers do not know the issues facing same sex couples. I have helped my clients create life partnership agreements and adopt children for many years. Call 815-356-0800 or contact me online to schedule a complimentary 30 minute consultation.