When the provisions of Assembly Bill 205 went into effect in January 2005, it changed many of the rights and responsibilities afforded to same-sex couples who register their domestic partnerships with the state of California. The bill affected everything from inheritance to child custody, and it’s had some unexpected effects on taxes, too, in spite of the fact that domestic partners still may not file jointly in California.
Equality California (EQCA) is sponsoring a workshop for same-sex couples on Saturday to provide information and offer advice from a group of experts on the various legal and financial aspects of domestic partnership. Attorneys, financial planners, accountants and real-estate professionals are among the experts assembled to help couples navigate the uncharted waters of almost-but-not-quite-married.
The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Keller Williams building, 391 Howe Avenue, and includes lunch and beverages for a suggested donation of $25 to $50. The money goes to support EQCA’s work on behalf of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning Californians. Call (916) 284-3218 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve seats.