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Opioid Overdoses | The Sad Truth in Estate & Trust Litigation

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"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is." Those are the words of Winston Churchill.

So what is the truth about the impact of opiods on our society? Well, it is now established that opioid overdose is the leading cause of death among people from 25 to 60 years old. The New York Times reported, "Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States."

Most Americans don't search out and read learned academic journals to form the basis for their opinion. If you're like me, you often learn more from the stories that people tell about what happened to them - in other words, anecdotal evidence.

I want to share a story about what's happened to Hackard Law, our law firm, in this single month of June 2017. Three times this month our law firm has been called upon to deal with the trust or estate repercussions associated with deaths caused by opiod overdoses. All sad events - they share common shocks - the discovery of a loved one made comatose by overdose - emergency transportation to a hospital - intubation and mechanical ventilation - and the termination of life support a few days after the overdose because of brain death.

Now I don't have any solution whatsoever for the scourge of the opioid epidemic. The only thing that I have is the truth that opioids are a menace to the health of our families - rich or poor. I'm so sorry for the losses suffered by the families of those who died by overdose.

Part of what I try to do in our Hackard Law videos is just to show that we offer solutions to specific legal problems - but life's bigger problems remain a challenge for all of us. We're just like our clients - we're baffled, sorrowed and roiled by events that seem senseless and unnecessary. To the extent that we can stand with our clients in their own time of grief - we do.

We sure can't solve all problems. But for those estate and trust litigation problems where we can help to make a bad situation better, call us at Hackard Law: (916) 313-3030.

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