Advance Health Care Directive

April is Advance Health Care Directive Month

By Jennifer Cowan / April 3, 2017

The weather is beautiful this week in the Bay Area. Last weekend I drove out to Rancho Nicasio: the hills were green, Nicasio Reservoir looked full, cows were grazing on the hills, it was beautiful! I read an opinion piece in the New York Times recently by Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D. suggesting that death education…

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Memorializing Ashes

By Jennifer Cowan / October 4, 2016

Last month I visited Ashland, Oregon to see a couple plays and just generally relax. Ashland is a charming town with lots of good places to eat, shop and hike. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) puts on 11 or 12 plays each season, most of which are not Shakespeare. I only say that because when…

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California End of Life Option Act

By Jennifer Cowan / July 1, 2016

Last month I attended a talk by Lael C. Duncan, MD, Medical Director for the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, whose mission is to “promote high-quality, compassionate care for everyone who is seriously ill or nearing the end of life.” Her topic was the new California End of Life Option Act (effective June 9,…

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Your Estate Plan Is DONE: What Are Your Next Steps?

By Jennifer Cowan / April 5, 2016

Congratulations! You’ve answered questions, made decisions and signed your estate planning documents. What happens next? If you have a trust it is important to make sure that your trust is properly funded: that is, assets are titled in the name of the trust. Your attorney will help you with this or give you instructions for…

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The New End of Life Option Act

By Jennifer Cowan / March 1, 2016

This year will see big changes in California’s health care law. The End of Life Decisions Law [ABX2-15] or the “End of Life Option Act” was signed into law in 2015 and becomes effective at some point this year or early next, the date is not yet determined. The Act allows an adult to make…

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Helping Aging Parents: What is Important

By Jennifer Cowan / October 1, 2015

October: it does not feel like Fall yet but let’s see how the season develops. Hopefully we’ll get some rain. Last month I visited the di Rosa museum in Napa for the first time (www.dirosaart.org), touring the surrounding grounds and outdoor sculpture gardens. It was very hot but the view was amazing and the giant…

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Advance Health Care Directives

By Jennifer Cowan / July 1, 2014

July is a great month for taking extra days off and just enjoying the natural beauty of Marin County. And I always look forward to the Marin County Fair and fireworks! Last month I discussed the legal documents recommended for transferring assets at death and the difference between a will and a trust. This month…

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