Laurel Book Store welcomes Elizabeth Schwartz to read from her book Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise.
The dos and don’ts for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people—and anyone else—who may be considering marriage
Not long ago, same-sex couples had to jump through endless hoops to make their relationships even close to legal. For the most part, those days are over. Same-sex couples no longer have to operate as outlaws—they too can have in-laws! But here’s the rub: many gay and lesbian couples, accustomed to living off-grid, are so thrilled to have the benefits of marriage that they gleefully jump into marriage without fully understanding the consequences.
In her first book, Before I Do, leading gay rights attorney Elizabeth F. Schwartz spells out the range of practical considerations couples should address before tying the knot. She explores the rights marriage provides and those it does not. With cameos from some of the most prominent LGBT professionals, Schwartz explains all of the implications of marriage from name changes and getting a license to taxes, insurance, Social Security, and much more.
Substantial chapters on estate planning, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and organizing finances make Before I Do relevant for all couples, young and older, and a crucial handbook for anyone considering marriage—because, as Schwartz explains, just because you can get married does not mean you should.
Elizabeth F. Schwartz has been practicing law since 1997 and is one of the nation’s best-known advocates for the legal rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Her law practice focuses on family formation (adoption, insemination, and surrogacy), divorce, estate planning, and probate. She is the author of Before I Do (The New Press) and lives in Miami.