Discussion Planned On Protecting LGBT Families

By |2013-06-13T09:00:00-04:00June 13th, 2013|Michigan, News|

FERNDALE – Michigan LGBT families seeking advice about family medical and legal issues will have a chance to attend a free program “Closer to Married: Three Practical Ways for LGBT Families to Cut the Red Tape” June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Ferndale Public Library.
Three speakers, attorneys Lisa J. Schmidt, Lloyd Paley and Dr. Abigail Schildcrout will lead the discussion and look at different aspects of this issue.
“We’re also partnering with Affirmations Community Center. They’ll have a table loaded with all kinds of helpful information, ” said program coordinator, Darlene Hellenberg. “The library is really hoping that this event will help a lot of people.”
Schildcrout, founder of Practical Medical Insights, will speak about some of the practical aspects of advocating for loved ones when they are in a hospital setting. Schmidt will discuss 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 looking at 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. For more information call 248-546-2504

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