LGBT and Transgender Law: 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 in:
- Identity Transition Assistance
- Name Changes
- Gender Changes
- Shared Parenting Agreements
- Estate & Life Planning
Also see Transgender and LGBT of the Lauro Law Library for a list of "Legal Issues Affecting Same-sex and Transgender Families in Arkansas 2012" 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.
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.
This is one of the most requested legal services we provide for clients. 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.
Estate & Life Planning for LGBT individuals and couples is an important issue in Arkansas. Let Lauro Law's experience in LGBT estate and life 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 & Life Planning Practice Area or visit the Lauro Law Library for additional Estate Planning information.