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Three Pieces of Advice About Organ Donation and Estate Planning

In February 2020, a bill referred to as “Griffin’s Law” passed the Montana Senate 49-0. Even though Montana has no transplant centers of its own, it is still hoped that if the regulation is passed into law it will help to draw attention to the issue of donation discrimination. Provided that the bill passes the house and is signed by the governor, Montana is slated to become the 17th state to prohibit such discrimination.  With over 100,000 individuals on the waiting list for organs in the country, medical professionals often must make difficult decisions about which patients are most likely to benefit from transplants. One 2019 report reveals that individuals with intellectual or neurodevelopmental disabilities are more likely to have co-occurring conditions that could make transplants dangerous. Other people believe that these patients might not be able to comply with post-transplant requirements. In addition to the new regulation, the transplant surgeons’ society also recently adopted a new statement supporting nondiscrimination and encouraging transplant centers to find a way to support all patients. While the issue of transplant discrimination is one of the biggest challenges facing the transplant industry today, many people still wrestle with the idea of how to approach [...]

Uncomfortable Estate Planning Questions That Must be Answered

For many people, estate planning is an uneasy experience because it requires confronting a number of difficult and uncomfortable questions. By engaging in estate planning, we ultimately must accept that we will one day no longer be here. Some people might also have to accept that one day, an appointed party will make decisions to care for them.    Even though many people understand that estate planning is essential, they hesitate to fully address estate planning issues. The best way to make sure that every element of your estate plan is fully accounted for is to consult with an experienced estate planning attorney. The following are some of the important issues that you should consider when planning your end of life care and distribution of assets.   Who Will Take Care of Your Minor Children if You Die?   Some people hesitate to resolve estate planning issues because they cannot decide whom to name as a guardian of minor children. This creates the risk that if no guardian is appointed, a court will likely be tasked with determining who will care for your children.    Unless you believe that a judge will be able to make a better decision than [...]

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