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Domestic Partnership registrations help WA hetero seniors

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Registration for domestic partnership became legal just a few months ago in WA.

One part of the regulations regarding domestic partners is getting little exposure: people over 62 can register, gay or straight.

This is a big help to hetero seniors. There are many poor elderly couples who live together who would rather be legally married but can't because they would literally be on the streets. Marriage would mean suffering a reduction in their social security benefits. They are living below the poverty line as it is.

It has been a sad situation for these poor elderly couples. Many have had ceremonies in religious venues understanding administrators because they feel guilty about living together.  Registering as domestic partners also helps alleviate the guilt.

Another big benefit to these seniors is that they gain specific rights in the medical arena. They are now essentially considered "family." Like married hetero couples, they can speak for each other in many medical emergencies. They have rights to be in critical care areas for visitation of domestic partners. Blood family members of the patient cannot exclude the domestic partner from the hospital.

This new legislation has been serious help for seniors in WA.

And for the WA notary public, this is another work opportunity in which we are truly helping our elderly.

Read a synopsis of the law here:

http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2007-08/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/Senate%20Final/5336-S.FBR.pdf

Comments(3)

Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
"Baby Boomer" Retirement Planner

Laura, I appreciate getting this take on domestic partnerships. I feel bad for these seniors who are barely hanging on.

This post shouldn't have zero comments. Please post it to my group Front Porch Majority.

Bill Roberts

 

Dec 14, 2007 05:18 AM
Laura Vestanen
Bellingham, WA
My book "Notary Marketing 2019" is on Amazon.com

Thank you, Bill.  I just took you up on your offer.

Laura

Dec 14, 2007 08:23 AM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA
I had never thought of that for seniors.  Thanks for brining that to light for me.
Dec 15, 2007 05:47 AM