..........This page contains links to resources which
relate to the topic of Unmarried Couples and the Law. These links are divided
into categories for ease of reference. However, there is some overlap between
categories, and sites listed under one category may contain information
pertinent to one or more other categories. We are not responsible for the content of these links. Please see disclaimer.
Spouses and Partners. From Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia. The section on Living Together contains articles on property rights, parenting issues, common law marriage, medical decisions and premarital agreements.
Cohabitation issues message board. A bulletin board maintained by the Family Law Advisor.
Employers with Domestic Partnership Policies. List of employers compiled by the Human Rights Campaign.
Employers with Domestic Partner Health Care Benefits. Compiled by Sharon Silverstein, co-author of Straight Jobs, Gay Lives.
Domestic Partnerships and Same Sex Marriages. Links and other information compiled by Scott Safier, including information on domestic partner benefits.
Domestic Partner Benefits in Wisconsin and the Midwest. Information on domestic partner benefits offered by companies with a Wisconsin presence, and by Midwestern colleges and universities. Compiled by Dan Ross.
San Francisco Human Rights Commission. This Web site contains information on San Francisco's law prohibiting city contracts with employers who discriminate between domestic partners and spouses in the provision of benefits.
West Hollywood "Virtual City Hall." Information on the benefits of registration as a domestic partnership and instructions on how to register.
Seattle City Clerk. Information on Seattle's Domestic Partnership Registration Program.
Wills and Estate Planning. From Nolo's Legal Encyclopedia.
Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples. From the home page of Weiss & Weissman, a San Francisco law firm. Follow the links back to other estate planning information. This Web site contains a lot of good information, although the information on living trusts is not as balanced as it might be. (See our article Estate Planning -- Wills and Trusts.)
California Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law. This Web page includes the useful booklet "Estate Planning for California Residents" as well as many links to other law and estate planning sites.
California Statutory Estate Planning Forms. This page provides links to information and forms relating to the California Statutory Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, the Declaration Pursuant to California's Natural Death Act, the California Statutory Durable Power of Attorney, and the California Statutory Form Will. Be sure to read the warnings on this page regarding the use of these forms.
The Trust Wizard. The home page for David A. Diamond, the "Trust Wizard," includes several useful articles, including one on "Estate Planning for the Unmarried Couple."
The Tax Prophet. The Web site of Robert L. Sommers, "The Tax Prophet," contains a wealth of information on estate planning and tax law. Included in the site is an article entitled" Unwed but not Unwise," which discusses some of the tax planning issues that confront unmarried couples.
Relationship LLC. We include
this link only because anyone interested in the subject of unmarried couples
is likely to encounter the site, and we would like for you to have the
benefit of the following warning: NO estate planning device is for everybody,
and doing your own estate planning without the assistance of a qualified
attorney is dangerous at best and disastrous at worst.
Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator. Locate lawyers nationwide by name, firm name, area of practice, location, and/or language.
West's Legal Directory A comprehensive, nationwide attorney directory which allows you to search for an attorney by city, practice area and/or keywords.
Finding and Working with a Lawyer. Information from the California State Bar. Includes a list of lawyer referral services.
Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Attorneys on the World Wide Web. Links to more than 300 attorneys and law firms in 50 states.
CataLaw. CataLaw describes itself as "the most efficient tool for finding law on the Internet," and it may be just that. It is a well-organized, easy to use "catalog of catalogs" or "metaindex," providing a gateway to a tremendous amount of legal information.
World Wide Web Virtual Library -- Law. The World Wide Web Virtual Library -- Law is a comprehensive source of legal information. It is organized by subject and includes many links to law-oriented Web sites and search tools.
LawRunner. LawRunner submits your search to the AltaVista database, but filters the request so as to result in more law-related search results and less irrelevant material.
LawCrawler. LawCrawler searches only legal sites on the Internet, making it easier to search for law-related information without getting a lot of irrelevant hits.
American Bar Association's LawLink. Many links to legal research and information resources on the Internet.
Partners Task Force for Gay & Lesbian Couples. This site contains information on domestic partnerships, right to marriage organizations, and more.
Freedom to Marry Coalition. The Freedom to Marry Coalition is a nationwide group committed to winning the right to same-sex marriage. Its home page includes state-by-state information, news, and links to other sites."
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. This site contains information regarding "The Marriage Project," a national effort to win the right for same-sex couples to marry.
Equal Marriage Rights Home Page. The Equal Marriage Rights Home Page contains a tremendous amount of information on same-sex marriage, including state-by-state news updates, links to marriage rights groups, articles and references.
Same-Sex Marriage Pathfinder. The Same-Sex Marriage Pathfinder is a comprehensive source of information and resources on the subject of same-sex marriages. It includes lists of pertinent legislation, bills, case law, monographs, law review articles, periodical articles, and Web sites.
Family Q. Family Q describes itself as "the World Wide Web's premier resource for families headed by gays and lesbians." The site includes legal information, lawyer listings, book reviews, and chat.
Rainbow Query. The GLWeb's Rainbow Query provides the ability to search gay and lesbian sites by text or by category.
Human Rights Campaign. The Human Rights Campaign is a grassroots political organization working for lesbian and gay equal rights. Their Web site contains information on same-sex marriage and domestic partnership benefits, including a lengthy list of employers with domestic partnership policies.
Nolo Press. The Nolo Press is the leading publisher of legal self-help books. Topics include "Spouses and Partners" and "Wills and Estate Planning."
Amazon.com. Amazon.com bills itself as "Earth's Biggest Bookstore." Amazon.com has a large selection of books on the subject of unmarried couples.
The Bookstore at Intertain.com. The bookstore at intertain.com offers many books for sale at a discount. This link is to their "Love, Sex and Marriage" section, which includes books of interest to unmarried couples.
Nontraditional Families. A list of books on nontraditional families, together with brief reviews, compiled by the Missouri University Counseling Center.