California Lawmakers Consider Right-to-Die Legislation

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A cancer patient and five doctors filed suit in February to attempt to exempt physicians from suit and criminal charges if they help terminally ill patients end their lives. Currently, California has a ban on assisted suicide, but this suit would change that. They argue that physicians are not helping the patient commit suicide, but are helping the patient have a peaceful death. Lawmakers have also been considering lifting the ban. In one case, the case of Brittany Maynard, the patient actually moved to Oregon so that she could end her life legally. Ms. Maynard suffered from a terminal brain...

Local Senior Scam Stopper Seminar Offers Great Tips

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On January 23, 2015, Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney Ken McCormick held a “Senior Scam Stopper” seminar at the De Valle Acalanes Adult Education Center. The seminar was a joint effort between Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla and the Contractors State License Board. It included a panel of experts on elder abuse. The experts were in agreement that most elder abuse occurred among family members. Generally, it is the children taking advantage of their elders who have become dependent on them. In fact, 80% of financial scams are committed by family members or caregivers. The seminar also provided extensive, common-sense...

How Do I Get Funds into a Trust?

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When you put assets into a trust, you are “funding” the trust. The trustee will actually own the asset on behalf of the trust once the asset is placed into the trust. When using deeds and other documentation to transfer funds and property into the trust, the document should specify that the property is going to the trustee in their capacity as a trustee. For example, a deed should read: “John Smith, Trustee of the Sample Trust, dated June 15, 2013,” not just “John Smith.” The date is the date that is on the trust agreement that initially created the...

Elderly Livermore Resident with Dementia Swindled by Bank Employee

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Linda Magel’s father died last year; he suffered from early-on set Alzheimer’s disease and ultimately died from cancer. But it wasn’t until about a month after his death that Linda realized that something was terribly wrong with her father’s finances. She discovered that roughly $118,000 was missing from her father’s savings. His bank statements indicated that the withdrawal occurred at a Chase bank branch that he had never visited. After a thorough investigation, she realized that a bank employee had taken advantage of her father. The employee stole a certificate of deposit that was worth $105,000. He also withdrew other...

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