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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.

I Agreed to Arbitrate That? Recent Developments in the Application of Arbitration Agreements

I Agreed to Arbitrate That? Recent Developments in the Application of Arbitration Agreements

The California bill, SB33, is extremely broad and would prohibit imposing a waiver of a legal right that arises as a result of fraud, identity theft, and any other act related to the wrongful use of personal identifying information as a condition of entering into a contract for the provision of goods or services.

Mediating Fee Disputes Gracefully

Mediating Fee Disputes Gracefully

Getting into a fee dispute with a client can be a bit like walking through a minefield. Stepping cautiously may maximize your ability to recover fees due and help you avoid a malpractice claim or State Bar complaint.

Civility and the Mediation Process

Civility and the Mediation Process

Practicing civility at the mediation session also produces unmistakable dividends, starting with your credibility with the mediator.

Choosing a Great Mediator

Choosing a Great Mediator

Mediators can get places nobody else can. Good mediators promote open dialogue between the parties. And once people talk candidly about their cases, great things happen.

Elephant in the Room - Attending to Power Differences in Mediation

Elephant in the Room – Attending to Power Differences in Mediation

The issues surrounding reaching an agreement grow in complexity whenever the dispute involves power differences. How would a landlord/tenant mediation be different from one that involves two neighbors?

Update on Mediation Confidentiality

Update on Mediation Confidentiality

Both mediators and participants should understand the possibility that mediation communications and writings may be discoverable in certain situations. Two California court decisions that protected the absolute privilege, despite creating arguably unfair results, have caused much consternation.

A Macro Approach to Large-Scale Construction Defect Matters

A Macro Approach to Large-Scale Construction Defect Matters

Given the relatively high-exposure involved with large-scale construction defect matters, insurers will generally be cautious and hire coverage attorneys to provide critical analyses of their insurance policies against the facts of each case, the identity of their insureds, and the insureds’ scope of work.

Bay Area Cities Implement New Eviction and Rent Control

Bay Area Cities Implement New Eviction and Rent Control Measures

In response to the affordable housing crisis, several cities passed ordinances, and rent and eviction control ballot initiatives became a hot topic for residents in several California cities in the 2016 election.

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The Ruckus over Airbnb: Local Governments Struggle to Control Short-Term Vacation Rentals

In high demand markets, landlords make more money from short-term rentals than from long ones. Plus, tenants can earn income by renting out part of their living spaces. Unfortunately, the same factors that benefit landlords can sometimes harm tenants, neighborhoods or communities.