Civil unions in the State of Colorado are about to become a reality. But once Governor John Hickenlooper signs Senate Bill 11 into law, what happens next? This long fought battle is an event worthy of celebration. But once the celebration is over, what does a civil union really mean?
To fully understand what the new law means, and how it impacts you, your future, and the future of your loved ones, it is necessary to seek the advice of a legal profession. For many, the new law will have little or no impact on their future. But for others, the changes will be great. Some of the factors to consider include:
- What rights are included in a Colorado Civil Union?
- If I don’t want to be in a Civil Union, how can I still protect my rights?
- Who makes my medical decisions if I can’t make them myself?
- How do Civil Unions affect adoption laws?
These and other decisions surrounding civil unions can seem monumental. But with the guidance of a talented legal professional, the path can be made a lot clearer. One of the best resources is Erica Johnson, an attorney with the law firm of Ambler & Keenan, LLC. Ambler & Keenan believes that educating the LGBT community about the unique issues affecting those in the community is imperative. To help individuals and families understand what civil unions mean from a legal perspective, Ambler & Keenan is conducting a series of free seminars that will help answer many of the pertinent questions. The schedule for the seminars is as follows:
Saturday, April 13th
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
2222 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Wednesday, April 17th
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Montclair Rec Center -Lowry
729 S. Ulster Way
Denver, CO 80230
Thursday, April 18th
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Castlewood Library -I-25 & Arapahoe Road
6739 S. Uinta St.
Centennial, CO 80112
Saturday, April 20th
10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
Cherry Creek Public Library
305 Milwaukee Street
Denver, CO 80206
(Meter Parking Only)
These meetings will be facilitated by Erica Johnson. Ms. Johnson’s law practice emphasizes estate planning, probate, second parent adoption and legal issues affecting non-traditional families. She is a member of the Woman’s Estate Planning Council, the Colorado Gay and Lesbian Bar Association and has been appointed to the Denver Mayor’s GLBT Commission.
Space is limited for each event, so plan on making your reservation by April 8th, 2013. There are 3 ways to register!
Plan on attending one of these free sessions to take the guess work out of civil unions, and make informed decisions for the future of yourself and your family.