CASEYFRANK

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Articles

End-of-Life Decisions: Who Decides and the Role of the Psychiatrist

  2014

This article explores the interplay of law, ethics, and social considerations in support of medicine at the end of life. It pays special attention to the role of psychiatry. Written with Dr. Richard Martinez; originally published in The Psychiatric Times.

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How to Reconcile Advance Care Directives with Attempted Suicide

  2013

When people are admitted to a hospital following an attempted suicide, their advance directives can raise ethical quandaries. This is a recommended approach to finding consensus in those circumstances.

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Medical Treatment Decisions: Order of Authority

  2011

This chart, or algorithm, presents the manner in which surrogates make decisions for patients when the patients can no longer do so. It encompasses several laws that address this issue, and is fully annotated.

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What Does "Consensus" Mean When Choosing a Proxy Decision Maker for Medical Treatment?

2009

Consensus means different things to different people in different circumstances. It is like "semi-annual" and "bi-annual," both of which have come to mean either twice a year or every two years, and are thus useless for precise language. See how it plays out in using this statute.

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Minors: Threshold Ages of Legal Capacity

  2008

There is great diversity in the ages at which a minor may make decisions regarding health care and other personal matters. This summarizes what they are for the State of Colorado.

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Concise Contracts, 4th Edition

  2016 (First Edition, 1996)

The principles of contract law correspond to human relationships. Its purpose is simply to facilitate the creation of constructive agreements. The study of this law is an essential part of law school, based upon groundbreaking court cases from England and America. These real life disputes generated the body of law which regulates contracts. This book covers the fundamentals needed by students of the law.

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Relatives As Surrogates

  2005, The Colorado Lawyer

Family members often make inappropriate medical treatment decisions when they act as surrogates for relatives. Even with the best of intentions, the medical literature reveals that choices by family members have a poor correlation with what their incapacitated relatives actually wanted.

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Surrogate Decision-Making for "Friendless" Patients

  2005, The Colorado Lawyer

If a person is mentally unable to make medical care decisions, a substitute decision-maker must do so. As society becomes proportionately older, more people in that situation are likely to also outlive their families and social circles. This article addresses alternative means of substitute decision-making that must then be found.

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Living Wills

  1998, In Philip Kapleau, The Zen of Living and Dying

We live in a world of ever-expanding medical treatment options, where more decisions are the responsibility of patients than ever before. Some of the most important medical decisions we will ever make arise as we near the end of our lives. By preparing adequately for death we not only reduce the decision-making burden on our families, we also engender greater clarity in ourselves. Here's how to do so.

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Living Organs and Dying Bodies

  1997, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

Organ donation raises many issues for religions beyond mere approval or prohibition. The methodology of donation intersects with the passage from this world—a passage that has always been a fundamental religious concern. This article attempts to reconcile specific Buddhist religious teachings about dying, with the needs of organ donors.

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Reconciling Patient Choice with Physician Conscience

  1997, The Colorado Lawyer

What happens when the medical treatment to which a patient feels entitled conflicts with the sincere personal objects of the treating doctor? A patient has some right to treatment, yet a doctor also has some right of conscience. These issues will arise more frequently in our era of galloping technology, with patients who are better educated consumers. Whose rights prevail? How should doctors respond to these issues?

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Protecting Marital Obligations from Bankruptcy

  1994, The Colorado Lawyer

Bankruptcy became another weapon in the war of the sexes. Parties to a divorce sometimes tried to undermine the property settlement after a divorce by filing for bankruptcy. This comprehensive article outlined the primary ways attorneys could protect settlements. However, many of the conclusions in this article have been superseded by subsequent legislation, so be sure to update your research on this topic.

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Archive

These are Casey’s older writings dating from 1988.

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