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Laura’s Law Now in Contra Costa County

Laura’s Law authorizes court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for the severely mentally ill.  Enacted more than a decade ago, it has been left to individual Counties to opt in.  Initially, Laura’s Law was applied only in a pilot program in Nevada County.  In the last year more Counties are adopting and funding Laura’s Law.  This month Contra [..]

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When Even Good Planning May Not Be Enough

Robin Williams had accumulated a lot of stuff over his career and he had a detailed plan about which things would go to his children and what was to go to his current wife.  But even this amount of detail left a few things unclear and so now the family has moved into major litigation.  [..]

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Estate Protection Legislation for Medi-Cal

Historically, Medi-Cal recipients are required to pay back Medi-Cal from their estate once they have passed away.  In the case of a married couple, the pay back could be deferred until the death of the second spouse.  This has created new problems under the Affordable Care Act, which expands Medicaid coverage (called “Medi-Cal” in California). [..]

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