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LGBT Legal Issues

Silber, Perlman, Sigman & Tilev has a deep and broad sensitivity and expertise in legal counseling and advocacy for the specialized needs of LGBT individuals and families, across diverse areas of legal concerns. For example, our lawyers create legal documents to protect the rights of unmarried couples; represent gays and lesbians coming out of marriages, protect the rights of LGBT parents in custody and visitation disputes; confront discrimination in employment; resolve problems in the criminal system; mitigate bias in educational institutions; assist with procuring federal security clearance, design estate plans, arrange adoptions, and secure second parent (same-sex) adoptions

Our clients in the LGBT community often call us their “lawyers for life” as they come back when different legal issues arise for themselves, their loved ones and their friends.

Family Creation and Protection

We help our clients establish legally recognizable relationships using documents such as domestic partnership agreements, powers of attorney, health care advance directives, home ownership and living together agreements, and wills and trusts.

We also advise individuals involved in long-term relationships that are contemplating marriage.

Adoption

We help single clients and couples with domestic and international adoptions. We have extensive experience with second parent adoptions, which ensures that both members of a domestic partnership have equal parental rights.

Break-ups

We provide individual representation and mediation services to clients terminating a domestic partnership. We have extensive knowledge of all issues that arise during breakups, including property division, child custody, visitation, and support, and ongoing financial support.

Related Links

  • Resources for Attorneys Handling Family Law Matters for Unmarried Couples and LGBT Couples
  • Lambda Legal
    Lambda Legal is a national nonprofit organization that defends and promotes the rights of LGBT people and persons with HIV through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy.
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)
    The National Center for Lesbian Rights is a nonprofit organization that advances the rights of LGBT people through education, litigation, and public policy advocacy.
  • Equality Maryland
    Equality Maryland promotes the rights of LGBT individuals at the state and local level in Maryland through public policy advocacy, litigation, and political action.
  • Equality Virginia
    Equality Maryland promotes the rights of LGBT individuals at the state and local level in Virginia through public policy advocacy, litigation, and political action.
  • Rainbow Families DC
    Rainbow Families DC is a nonprofit organization that conducts educational programs for LGBT parents and prospective parents, sponsors social events, and hosts an online forum.
  • ProudParenting.com
    ProudParenting.com offers news and information on LGBT parenting issues in a membership based online forum that is international in scope.
  • ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project
    Provides news and information on legal issues facing our community and updates on ACLU activity in the LGBT rights field and provides opportunities to get involved.