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Single? No Estate Plan? Bad Idea
A few months ago, the New York Times published an article entitled, “Single? No Children? No Will? Big Mistake.” I’ve been meaning to write about it ever since. The author writes, “Certain people never reach one of those obvious points in their lives to write one. If…
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California’s End of Life Option Act Will Be Effective June 9, 2016
On October 5, 2015, Governor Brown signed the End of Life Option Act into law. The law requires that two doctors determine that a patient has six months or less to live before the lethal drugs can be prescribed. Patients also must be mentally competent to make medical decisions and be able…
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California’s New End of Life Option Act Goes Into Effect in 2016
In October, California became one of five states to permit medical aid in dying with the passage of the End of Life Option Act. The bill is modeled after one passed in Oregon in 1997. Governor Brown signed the bill, with a signing statement that said, in part, “I do not know what I…
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Right to Die Law Proposed for California
For the first time since 2007, legislation has been introduced in this year’s State Senate that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in California. The bill, SB 128,  The End of Life Option Act, is modeled on Oregon’s Right to Die law. It allows a person with a terminal…
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Advance Health Care Directives and End of Life Choices
The tragic case of the Oakland twelve-year old girl, declared brain dead after a routine surgery by the hospital, and her parent’s plea to keep her connected to a ventilator nonetheless, reminds me yet again of the value and importance of completing an Advance Health Care…
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