LGBT Law addresses the legal services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community members throughout Arkansas. Transgender Law focuses on issues of the overwhelming discrimination that transgender people and their families face so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression.
Lauro Law provides legal service and advice to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and same-sex couples. We are working in Arkansas to help achieve a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people enjoy the constitutional rights of equality, privacy and personal autonomy, and freedom of expression and association. This section of the Lauro Law Library contains "Legal Issues Affecting Same-Sex and Transgender Families in Arkansas 2013" and the article "Representing Transgender Clients" by Michael V. Lauro, Jr. that first appeared in the Arkansas Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Section “In Brief”, summer 2011 edition.
Michael V. Lauro, Jr., Attorney at Law, is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and a co-founder of Bowen Lamda at the William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Bowen Lambda is a diverse UALR Law School organization consisting of students, faculty, staff and alumni, regardless of sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. Their mission includes promoting diversity, raising awareness of legal issues affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities, and maintaining an open atmosphere of acceptance, tolerance, equality and justice for all. The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.
Some of the most requested legal services we provide for LGBT clients are Name Changes, Gender Changes and Estate Planning.
Name Change generally refers to a legal act allowing a person to adopt a name different from their name at birth, marriage, or adoption. A legal name change through a court order is the first step in the name-change process. A person must officially register the new name with the appropriate authorities as a result of this court order. This process includes notifying various government agencies, each of which may require legal proof of the name change and may charge a fee. Important government agencies to be notified include the Social Security Administration, Bureau of Consular Affairs (for passports), the United States Postal Service, and the Department of Motor Vehicles (for a new driver's license or state identification card). Additionally, the new name must be registered with other institutions such as employers, banks, doctors, mortgage, insurance, and credit card companies. If you are considering legally changing your name we are here to help you through the process. For information about the process we use, court filings requirements and identity documents that need to be changed, please browse through our Library or select Name Change Process.
Gender Change is the process of legally changing your gender from the gender identified at birth once you have begun or completed the medical gender transition process. A legal gender change through a court order is the first step in the gender change process. A person must officially register the transitioned gender with the appropriate authorities as a result of this court order. This process includes notifying various government agencies, each of which may require medical and legal proof of the gender change and may charge a fee. Important government agencies to be notified include the Social Security Administration, Bureau of Consular Affairs (for passports), the United States Postal Service, and the Department of Motor Vehicles (for a new driver's license or state identification card). If you have begun or completed your gender transition Lauro Law is here to help you through the legal process.
Estate Planning for LGBT individuals and couples is an important issue in Arkansas. Let Lauro Law's experience in LGBT estate planning in Arkansas help protect you and your family with specific legal documents such as Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, HIPPA Releases, Living Wills, and many other estate planning documents. Also, we can prepare specific Will or Trust packages that provide selected estate planning documents at discounted prices. Find out more about our Estate Planning Practice Area or visit the Lauro Law Library for additional Estate Planning information.