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Is the End of Life Option Act Unconstitutional?

2020-06-29T22:15:52+00:00

Is the End of Life Option Act Unconstitutional? Two years ago, I published a series of videos discussing the then-new End of Life Option Act (ELOA) in California. (See below for links.) Since then, the ELOA seems to have faded from media coverage, but something happened recently that brought it back into the limelight: It was declared unconstitutional by a California judge in Riverside County. Why? Keep reading to find out! Refresher: What is the End of Life Option Act? Before we get to the judge’s reasoning, let’s start with a quick refresher on the ELOA. In general, the ELOA [...]

Is the End of Life Option Act Unconstitutional?2020-06-29T22:15:52+00:00

What ‘Getting Your Affairs In Order’ Means

2020-06-29T22:15:58+00:00

What ‘Getting Your Affairs In Order’ Means Hi there. My name is Bridget Mackay. I'm an estate planning attorney in Petaluma, California, and this is my blog. I want to talk a little bit about sort of a sad subject. I had a client the other day, this has happened before, where they have a diagnosis of a terminal disease. And they come in and they want to make sure their "affairs" are in order, which is often the advice they get from their doctor or loved ones or friends. And they want to protect their spouse and their [...]

What ‘Getting Your Affairs In Order’ Means2020-06-29T22:15:58+00:00

What happens to my minor children if I die?

2020-06-29T22:16:05+00:00

What happens to my minor children if I die? What happens to my minor children if I die? This is a multifaceted question that depends greatly on the amount of planning prior to the event occurring. While most people don’t like to think about their death, especially if they have young children, this is exactly the time to plan for it. Preparing what would happen if you die with an attorney is the best way to ensure your wishes are honored and your kids are taken care of financially. If you were to die unexpectedly, one of the first major [...]

What happens to my minor children if I die?2020-06-29T22:16:05+00:00

Practical Discussions About Funerals

2020-06-29T22:16:13+00:00

Practical Discussions About Funerals Funerals are not generally not a topic for family get togethers or dinners. Funerals actually make many people uncomfortable and so they avoid discussing them, especially when it comes to talking about their own funeral. Having practical discussions about funerals, however, is an important aspect of planning for what will happen after you are gone, especially when funerals today can cost upwards of $10,000. Making your wishes known in regards to funerals and the money for which the funeral will be paid will save your loved ones from making these decisions later on. One reason to [...]

Practical Discussions About Funerals2020-06-29T22:16:13+00:00

Importance Of Establishing Guardianships For Young Children

2020-06-29T22:16:20+00:00

Importance Of Establishing Guardianships For Young Children Hi there. My name is Bridget Mackay, I'm an Attorney in Petaluma. I do estate planning and elder law. And today I want to talk about, "Establishing guardianships for young children". You don't want to think about this event. None of us do, who are parents. But maybe you or your spouse are on a trip on your own, without the kids, and the worst happens. You die! What happens to your children? If you're haven't prepared for this catastrophe, they will get scooped up by Child Protective Services and a court process [...]

Importance Of Establishing Guardianships For Young Children2020-06-29T22:16:20+00:00

End Of Life Option Act – Built In Protections (Pt 4)

2020-06-29T22:16:26+00:00

End Of Life Option Act – Built In Protections (Pt 4) Hi there, Bridget Mackay here, and I'm an attorney in Petaluma. I work in the area of estate planning and elder law. You are joining me for my final part in a four-part series on the End of Life Options Act, which California is implementing on June 9th of this year. The final series, we're going to talk about what protections are in this law. The authors of the law assert that the system includes enough steps and safeguards to prevent abuse such as inheritors trying to expedite [...]

End Of Life Option Act – Built In Protections (Pt 4)2020-06-29T22:16:26+00:00

End Of Life Option Act – Law For Administering Prescription Drug (Pt 3)

2020-06-29T22:16:34+00:00

End Of Life Option Act - Law For Administering Prescription Drug (Pt 3) Hi there. My name is Bridget Mackay, I'm an attorney in Petaluma, California, and I practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. You are joining me for part three of a four-part series on the End of Life Option Act, which California is implementing on June 9th, 2016. We've covered the basics, we've covered about how you get the right-to-die prescription, and now we're going to talk about how this prescription is administered. If you have reached all of the other requirements needed [...]

End Of Life Option Act – Law For Administering Prescription Drug (Pt 3)2020-06-29T22:16:34+00:00

End Of Life Option Act – Prescription Requirements (Pt 2)

2020-06-29T22:16:41+00:00

End Of Life Option Act – Prescription Requirements (Pt 2) Hi there, Bridget Mackay here. I'm an attorney in Petaluma, California, and I practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. You have joined me today for my second in a four-part series of video blogs regarding California's End Of Life Option Act, which is going to be implemented June 9th, 2016. In part two, I'm going to address what are the requirements to get a prescription to end your life. For those who qualify and who want to exercise their end-of-life option, they would need to [...]

End Of Life Option Act – Prescription Requirements (Pt 2)2020-06-29T22:16:41+00:00

End Of Life Option Act – Basic Overview

2020-06-29T22:16:48+00:00

End Of Life Option Act – Basic Overview Hi there. My name is Bridget Mackay. I'm an attorney in Petaluma, California. I practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. You have joined me now for my first part in my four-part series about the End of Life Options Act that California will be implementing June 9th of 2016. My first part is going to be covering the basics of this act. The act allows that if a qualified individual who is an adult with the capacity to make medical decisions and with a terminal disease they [...]

End Of Life Option Act – Basic Overview2020-06-29T22:16:48+00:00

Introduction To End Of Life Option Act SB 128 (4-Part Series)

2020-06-29T22:17:06+00:00

Hi there. My name is Bridget Mackay. I'm an attorney in Petaluma, California, and I practice in the area of estate planning and elder law. Today... Or actually, this next series of video blogs are going to be related to the End-of-Life Options Act. I'm going to do a four-part series because California joins Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Vermont on June 9th of this year, 2016, by allowing self-assisted termination of life available to patients in certain circumstances. You need to know the basics of this law and what it could mean to you, your family, and your community. [...]

Introduction To End Of Life Option Act SB 128 (4-Part Series)2020-06-29T22:17:06+00:00