Missouri is not a simple place for an LGBT couple to build a life. In fact, it's a mess. Just ask Jan Schamis, who married his partner Paul Goetzheimer on October 4 in New York.
|Paul Goetzheimer (left) and Jan Schamis.|
The two live in St. Louis, and they worry over the legal ramifications of living in a state that considers their marriage licence worthless. Though not a subject newlyweds typically think about, they were concerned about what would happen if one of them died.
"We want to make sure we're covered," Schamis says. A certified financial planner, he knows that as an "unmarried" couple in Missouri they posses very few rights, and this is especially true when it comes to estate planning.
The only solution for Schamis and Goetzheimer is imperfect and expensive: Spend thousands of dollars amassing legal documentation that suggests they are, in fact, two consenting adults who want their spouse taken care of if the worst happens. More »