The law firm of Bennett & Erdman provides legal services to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ("LGBT") people throughout Southern California. With nearly 30 years of experience in this field, we are uniquely qualified to assist you with your LGBT law matter.
To speak to one of our attorneys or to set up a consultation to discuss your specific legal needs, please complete our online contact form.
Meet Our Attorneys
Our attorneys are active in local and national LGBT organizations:
- Founding attorney Roberta Bennett was a founding board member of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center and has been involved in Access Now for Gay and Lesbian Equality (ANGLE), the Victory Fund, National Lesbian & Gay Task Force, the Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up! (POWER-UP), Human Rights Campaign, Southern California Women for Understanding, the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and others.
- Managing partner Jeffrey Erdman has served on the board and as president of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and on the board of the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association. He served as chair of The State Bar of California Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination and as a member of the California Judicial Council's Access and Fairness Advisory Committee. He is involved with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), ONE Archives Foundation, Christopher Street West (CSW), and Human Rights Campaign (HRC), among others.
Partners Roberta Bennett and Jeffrey Erdman are active in a wide range of LGBT legal issues and have co-authored chapters for books published by CEB (Continuing Education of the Bar) dealing with California domestic partnerships. Furthermore, partner Roberta Bennett leads our family law team as she is an accomplished certified Family Law Specialist.*
Same-sex couples who are married, are considering marriage or domestic partnership, or are considering divorce are better prepared and are best served when working with a law firm that specializes in LGBT issues.
Although same-sex marriage is now legal in the United States, not all attorneys understand the unique issues facing same-sex partners. At Bennett & Erdman, we are on the cutting edge of this area of law. We have been helping LGBT clients for decades, and we can help you too.
Domestic Partnerships in California
California allows same-sex couples, as well as opposite-sex couples where one party is over the age of 62, to register as domestic partners. Domestic partners have most (though not all) of the same rights, responsibilities and requirements of married partners. Similarly, the state will recognize equivalent domestic partnerships of other states.
If you are entering into or ending a relationship and you were neither married nor registered as domestic partners, entirely different legal principles will apply to the division of property in the relationship.
Name and/or Gender Changes
LGBT individuals sometimes desire to legally change their names to reflect important life changes they have made. Others seek also to change the gender marker in their identity documents. Navigating the system with experienced counsel can make the process easier.
Same-sex couples have unique legal needs at the time families are formed, and when a parental relationship ends and decisions regarding the care of children must be made. LGBT couples need experienced legal counsel to ensure their parental rights and responsibilities are protected and enforced in a meaningful way.
LGBT individuals have the right under California law to seek protection from acts of violence or harassment by anyone with whom they have had a relationship or simply shared a residence regardless of sexual orientation.
Contact Us Today
To discuss your California LGBT law matter with a skilled attorney who is also a Certified Family Law Specialist, call 1-877-820-6534 or complete our online contact form. A member of our firm will contact you.
*Certification by the California Board of Legal Specialization.