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Contra Costa Lawyer May 2017 Issue: Estate Planning & Probate / Right to Die Issue

Feature Articles: Introduction to the Role of Mental Health Specialists in the End of Life Option Act |  by Eric J. Freitag, Psy.D., ABN Review of the Current “Right to Die” Statute: Are the Protections Against Undue Influence Sufficient? | by Shara Beltramo California’s “End of Life Option Act” and Family Dilemmas | by Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, […]

Introduction to the Role of Mental Health Specialists in the End of Life Option Act

Introduction to the Role of Mental Health Specialists in the End of Life Option Act

Mental health professionals play a prominent role in the End of Life Option Act, as only a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist can provide the specialized assessment to determine the decision-making capacity of an individual requesting to obtain aid-in-dying drugs.

Review of the Current “Right to Die” Statue: Are the Protections Against Undue Influence Sufficient?

Review of the Current “Right to Die” Statue: Are the Protections Against Undue Influence Sufficient?

The act of unduly influencing a family member to prematurely take his or her life for ill-gotten gain is extremely serious and the safeguards to protect against such conduct should be both comprehensive and of the utmost strength.

California’s “End of Life Option Act” and Family Dilemmas

California’s “End of Life Option Act” and Family Dilemmas

When the pain or discomfort of illness is more than one can bear, Californians have the End of Life Option Act that allows those who meet the criteria, to take a drug that will end their life.

Dikē: Murder Will Out

Dikē: Murder Will Out

The Greeks called her “Dikē.” The Romans, “Justitia.” From his classics education, Judge Carlton knew this goddess of justice uncovered concealed wrongdoing, brought to light dark dealings, and often dispensed justice in unexpected ways so that unforgivable acts received due recompense.

Does an Assisted Suicide Provision Belong in an Estate Plan?

Does an Assisted Suicide Provision Belong in an Estate Plan?

Right or wrong, there is no place for attorneys in the EOLA framework. The EOLA election requires findings by doctors and written statements by the individual at the time of the election.

Hospice East Bay

Hospice East Bay

Hospice East Bay is a pioneer hospice established in 1977 by community volunteers to create support for patients who wanted to die at home. In the 40 years since then, Hospice East Bay has been privileged to serve more than 25,000 patients and their families.

Differing Perspectives on the Right to Die

Differing Perspectives on the Right to Die

On June 9, 2016, California’s physician-assisted dying law, also known as the “End of Life Option Act,” took effect. Passed by voters in October 2015 and later signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, the law holds that under certain conditions, terminally-ill California residents may now legally take medication to end their lives. Under the […]

Reflections on Life and Death

Reflections on Life and Death

My interest in life and death started when I was a teenager and my grandmother moved in with us.[1] My mother took care of her for two years before she died of cancer. I watched as my mother balanced her career managing a medical lab with continuing to run a busy house with three of […]

Women's Section Wine Tasting Fundraiser 2017

Women’s Section Wine Tasting Fundraiser 2017

The Women’s Section of CCCBA hosted its annual fundraiser on March 23. The event raises funds for the Hon. Patricia Herron & Hon. Ellen James Scholarship, which is awarded annually to deserving law students who have shown leadership potential, achieved academic success, and helped to advance women’s issues. Thank you to all who attended and […]

Cuba MCLE Trip

In February CCCBA and ACBA members took a trip to Cuba. They learned about the law, the culture, the food and the vibrant art scene – and they earned MCLE credit!

Coffee Talk

Do You Support the Right to Die?

Coffee Talk is a regular feature of the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. We ask a short question related to an upcoming theme and responses are then published in the Contra Costa Lawyer magazine. Thank you to the following members who responded. Don’t Support the “Right to Die” I am not sure if a person who […]

Did You Know?

Have You Ever Needed a Conference Room?

Have you ever needed a conference room, but you just didn’t have one available?  Maybe you are a solo practitioner who works from a single office or from home? Maybe you have a conference room, but your partners booked it for the same day you need it?  Maybe you need to have a meeting in […]

Call for Board Nominations

Call for Board Nominations

You can be a leader within our legal community as a Director on the Contra Costa County Bar Association Board. The Board seeks candidates who agree to meet the following expectations: To possess or acquire a basic understanding of the Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA) and its activities. To commit to the mission and […]

Food From the Bar - Comedy Night

Food From the Bar – Comedy Night