Schmidt Law Services is proud to partner with Affirmations and the Ferndale Public Library to present a 3 person panel on practical issues for LGBT families. Here’s the press release with more details on this exciting event:
“Closer to Married: Three Practical Ways for LGBT Families to Cut the Red Tape”
Ferndale Public Library – Community Room
Monday, June 24
Open to the Public
Attorneys Lisa J. Schmidt and Lloyd Paley and Dr. Abigail Schildcrout discuss legal and medical ways to cut the red tape and protect your family.
FERNDALE, Mich. (May 31, 2013)–Michigan LGBT families seeking advice about family medical and legal issues will want to mark Mon., Jun. 24 on their calendars. The Ferndale Public Library will host “Closer to Married: Three Practical Ways for LGBT Families to Cut the Red Tape” in their Community Room at 7:00 pm. Three speakers will discuss different aspects of this issue. “We’re also partnering with Affirmations. They’ll had a table loaded with all kinds of helpful information, “ says program coordinator, Darlene Hellenberg. “The library is really hoping that this event will help a lot of people.”
Dr. Abigail Schildcrout, founder of Practical Medical Insights, will speak about some of the practical aspects of advocating for your loved ones when they are in a hospital setting.
Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt will tell you how a Domestic Agreement can help ensure a continuing relationship between your children and both of their parents. She will also discuss second parent adoptions: the law, the politics, and anticipated changes.
Attorney Lloyd Paley’s presentation will focus on Wills, Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, Patient Advocate Designations, and agreements between unmarried couples. In addition, he will distribute free of charge, the self-help Five Wishes directive (valid in Michigan and most other states) to those who wish control over how they are to be treated if they become seriously ill.
Closer to Married Flyer
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on June 10, 2013
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Posted by Schmidt Law Services on May 6, 2013
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Posted by Schmidt Law Services on March 28, 2013
This is the final post in a blog series stemming from Straight Talk on Gay Marriage, a talk that Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt presented at the Ferndale Public Library. After having reviewed the current law, the debate, California’s Prop 8, and DOMA, this post will look at the potential outcomes available to the Supreme Court. Arguments are scheduled for March 26 and 27. An opinion is expected in late June or early July. (more…)
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on March 25, 2013
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Posted by Schmidt Law Services on March 21, 2013
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Posted by Schmidt Law Services on March 18, 2013
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Posted by Schmidt Law Services on March 14, 2013
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Posted by Schmidt Law Services on March 11, 2013
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Posted by Schmidt Law Services on January 11, 2013
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Posted by Schmidt Law Services on June 14, 2012