For most heterosexual couples, the question of their legal status in California or elsewhere is generally a simple one – they are either married or single. Under the current legal framework in California, the answer is not as clear for same-sex couples, because there are five distinct legal statuses that a same-sex couple may hold.
By Vanessa Sundin John is 73 and lives in a retirement home in San Francisco. Although his family lives in the area, John sees them only two or three times a month. To chase away the lonely bug and to see some new faces, John often has dinner at a restaurant, named Lenny’s, near his
By Yulissa Zulaica Estate planning can become more complex for U.S. persons who own property outside the U.S. or live outside of the U.S., or for non-resident persons (NRA) who own property in the U.S. Sometimes we have to make sure that the estate plan we establish in the U.S. is valid and recognized in
Meet Wanda and Jane. They have been a happy couple since January 1, 1986, and celebrated their silver anniversary by registering as Domestic Partners on January 1, 2011. In 1999, Wanda bought a home for them to share with $600,000 of an inheritance she received from her dear spinster Aunt Jo. Wanda wants to give
Medicare is a health insurance program provided by the federal government to U.S. citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are: 65 years of age or older; Disabled; or Have End-State Renal disease. It is also possible for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States, who would not ordinarily qualify
Medicaid is a health insurance program provided by the federal government through which individuals with limited financial resources receive assistance in paying some or all of their medical bills. Medi-Cal is the California state program, which provides Medicaid eligible individuals with the funds made available under Medicaid program. It is important to note that the
Only 35% of all people have estate planning documents according to a recent article. In the Bay Area, the numbers look a bit higher. But having said that, who in your life would want or hope that you would intervene on their behalf if something went wrong, and do they have documents giving you authority?