If you practice an alternative lifestyle (a term sometimes used to describe living as a gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender), there may be a time when you become involved in a civil case. This may concern children, whether they were “already in the picture” when you and your partner began living together, or if your partner should die and custody issues arise.
These are just a couple of examples of why you may need the services of civil attorneys. Others involving children can include if you enter into the adoption process, which can lead to its own custody issue should your current relationship end.
Civil suits can also arise from issues such as health insurance coverage or end-of-life decisions for you and your partner. While some states and companies have made it possible for same-sex couples to be eligible for health insurance coverage, this is not true of everywhere. In those places where this is not the case, civil attorneys can often be helpful in filing class-action or other suits in an effort to change existing laws.
You may also have to engage the services of civil attorneys if your partner is dying and his or her family members do not want you to have any decision-making rights at all. Getting legal counsel can help you in this already trying time. If you are gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender, you have legal rights, even if some people would like to believe or insist it is otherwise. Civil attorneys can help you protect your rights and those of your partner.