Feb 062014
 
Brain - Dead Pregnant Woman on Life Support Stirs Controversy

Marlise Munoz was 33 years old and 14 weeks pregnant when her husband found her lying unconscious in their Texas home, and doctors pronounced her brain dead. Her husband and family members claimed that they knew she would not want to be kept on life support. Her husband claimed that although his wife did not leave behind any sort of health care directive, that he knew her wishes and had discussed the issue with her many times before. However, hospital officials refused to honor her wishes because they argued that Texas law required them to provide life-sustaining support to pregnant More…

May 252012
 
Increased Awareness Of The Need For Minority Estate Planning Must Accompany Surge In Minority Births

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that Hispanic, Asian, mixed-race, and black births constituted a majority of all United States births for the first time in our history.  Minorities made up about 2 million, or 50.4 percent, of the births in the 12-month period ending in July 2011.   This latest figure was up from 49.5 percent in the 2010 census.  According to census estimates, 57 percent of Florida’s children younger than 5 were minorities in 2011. Florida, which is 42 percent minority, has seven counties with majority-minority populations, including Osceola County at 59 percent and Orange County at 55 More…