New Law on Living Organ Donation

You probably know that you can make an organ donation at death, but did you know that you can make an organ donation while you are still living? 

The newly enacted Altruistic Living Donor Registry Act of 2010 (Health & S C §§7152–7152.2) allows people to register to make an organ donation (mainly kidney donation, because a person can live with just one kidney) while they are living.

The Act is intended to increase the number of individuals who identify themselves as potential organ donors and to establish the Altruistic Living Donor Registrar, a nonprofit entity that will establish and maintain the Altruistic Living Donor Registry.

On issues related to organ donation and how to discuss them with your clients, check out CEB’s Complete Plans for Small and Mid-Size Estates (Cal CEB 2006) and California Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives (Cal CEB 2008).

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