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California Court of Appeal Warns Government Not to Interfere with Advance Directives

Dick Magney executed an advance directive in 2011. In 2015, his agent and physician agreed to forgo curative directed treatment consistent with Magney’s preferences.

But officials in California’s Humboldt County questioned (without a reasonable basis) whether the agent and physician were acting appropriately.  They sought and obtained judicial intervention.  

Magney’s agent successfully challenged that order.  This week, the California Court of Appeal ruled that the county’s intervention was inappropriate and that Magney is entitled to attorney fees.

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