From ESPN to Dr. House: A selection of Randi Siegel's articles on end-of-life issues

By: Randi Siegel

Please check out a selection of my blog posts for the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys from earlier this year that we haven’t posted here previously.

February's post, Not Too Macho for Meaning: A Sports Anchor Shares Lessons About Life, calls attention to Stuart Scott’s acceptance speech at the ESPYs before his untimely death a few months later after a long battle with cancer. The speech touched on a number of important life lessons that encouraged listeners to take a good look at their own lives and what gives them meaning.

August covered a new finding that having a health care power of attorney is backfiring for many people with cancer. Thinking the job complete with that document alone, they are less likely to actually have conversations about their health care wishes. Read For Clients with Cancer, HCPOA’s Unintended Consequences

In September, I pointed out a growing niche for estate planning attorneys: clients who view members of their non-nuclear family as their most important next-of-kin. Next of Kin is Not Always What We Think:  Exercising the Non-Nuclear Option points out that since state statutes do not recognize these relationships, as you know, this is an especially vulnerable group when it comes to making sure the right people are allowed access to medical information or decision-making.

October's piece, That’s Not How Dr. House Did It! TV Misleads Your Clients, looks at how depictions of CPR on popular medical TV dramas are affecting how people make decisions about their own health care wishes. 

You’re An Estate Planning Attorney, Not A Doctor – Yet You Can Help Save Lives is this month’s call to help educate clients about organ donation. It is, of course, a personal choice whether to become a donor or not, but you can help give clients the information they need to decide. 

November 16, 2015 | Advance Care Planning News, Advance Care Planning Policy