Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Property Ownership for LGBT Couples in Orlando, FL
How Should My Partner and I Title Our New Home?
Every LGBT couple I have worked with since 2001 asks the same question, and since I am not an attorney, I can only share what has worked for my family.
Since marriage is still not an option for gay couples in Florida, my partner and I purchase real estate as Joint Tenants in Common with Right of Survivorship, which allows for survivorship rights. This is not 100%, however, so it's very important to get your legal house in order, pun intended, to avoid a legal nightmare.
In Orlando, we have wonderful LGBT Community Leaders, and one of them, Mary Meeks, is a well known attorney who's been fighting for Marriage Equality in Florida for years. http://www.marymeekslaw.com
We've used Mary on several occasions, the most recent was updating our Living Wills, Wills and Medical Directives.
When in doubt about LGBT legal issues, call an LGBT attorney.