Monday, March 15, 2010

Designated beneficiary agreements in Colorado

Last year, Governor Bill Ritter signed into law HB 09-1260, establishing designated beneficiary agreements between non-married adults who register for them. (See law professor Nancy Polikoff's posts here and here.) The Act allows these individuals the protections of "laws relating to health care, medical emergencies, incapacity, death, and administration of decedent's estates." The Ft. Collins Coloradan describes how same-sex couples have benefited from designated beneficiary agreements. "While same-sex marriage may be a long way off for gay couples in Colorado [see its DOMA amendment], designated beneficiary agreements provide a handful of legal rights that are small steps toward equality, Lambda Center executive director Andy Stoll said."

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