legal protections for your modern family
Important milestones in life, such as settling down with the person you love or starting a family, often come with important legal implications. No matter what stage of your life you find yourself entering, sound legal advice can help protect your rights and assets.
Elizabeth F. Schwartz, PA was founded in 2001 to serve the unique legal needs of the modern Florida family, and is guided by these four principles:
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the supreme court rules on marriage equality
The Supreme Court issues two historic decisions affirming LGBT rights
On Wednesday, June 26th, 2013, the US Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and restored marriage equality to the State of California. Stay tuned to this website for the latest resources on the decisions and how they will impact your rights here in Florida and on a federal level.
Read the official majority opinions issued in each case:
· United States v. Windsor (DOMA)
· Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8)
Elizabeth has discussed the impact of the Supreme Court decisions on Florida citizens in several forums, including CLE classes, web chats, and a discussion roundtable on This Week in South Florida with Michael Putney.
After DOMA: What it means for you
Several organizations working on behalf of LGBT rights have joined together to develop fact sheets on what the DOMA decision means for you. This guidance is intended to provide general information regarding major areas of federal marriage-based rights and protections based on how the various federal agencies have administered federal benefits. It should not be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances, and does not create an attorney-client relationship. Past practice is no guarantee of future developments.
While laws and legal procedure are subject to frequent change and differing interpretations in the ordinary course, this is even more true now as the federal government dismantles DOMA and extends federal protections to same-sex couples. None of the organizations publishing this information can ensure the information is current or be responsible for any use to which it is put.
No tax advice is intended, and nothing therein should be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code. Contact a qualified attorney in your state for legal advice about your particular situation.
This series of fact sheets produced together by: American Civil Liberties Union, Center for American Progress, Family Equality Council, Freedom to Marry, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Human Rights Campaign, Immigration Equality, Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, OutServe-SLDN.
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