To start, is there such a thing as a gay law attorney? Sort of.
A gay lawyer would be considered any attorney whose practice revolves around the gay community. Three law areas that come to mind which would be beneficial to the gay community are estate law, family law, and anti-LGBT discrimination law.
Since gay marriage has become recognized in the United States, one area that will certainly feel a change coming on is estate law. Estate law has felt a true impact due to this change in law especially in regards to Joint ownership of property. What that means is any gay couple out there who is married will not have to worry about going through the probate process when property is jointly owned. What is probate? When you have a will prepared, probate court, also known as Surrogate’s Court, will need to verify and validate the will. This is time consuming costly, and troublesome especially when a will contest ensues. From an estate planning perspective, it is always a good idea to get a trust in place to avoid probate.
With the allowance of gay marriage comes gay divorce. As a LGBT family lawyer, you assist in helping couples have the proper documentation prepared to ensure the state laws are adhered to in order to make sure the marriage is legitimate. Also, you deal with divorces. With divorces comes the splitting of property, both tangible and intangible.
LGBT Civil Rights Law
Finally, we have laws dealing with the LGBT community. Whether it happens in the workplace or when buying a product from a random vendor, there are lawyers out there ready to fight for your rigths to ensure no one treats you unfairly.
With the creation of laws protecting the LGBT community and providing equality within the family realm for gays and lesbians, we have entered a new and beautiful age. No longer will you have to worry about the possibility of your marriage not being accepted or recognized by various state jurisdictions. Also, from a discrimination standpoint, you have nothing to fear. If someone does not give you a raise or decides to treat you unfairly because of your sexual preference, you are now protected.