Weinstein & Randisi
Phone:585-310-1578
Toll free:800-768-1780

Resize the Content Text

Casey Kasem's long term care planning an example for all

It was a tragic end for one of America's best-known voices, as radio star Casey Kasem's family members fought over his continued care. Kesem's end-of-life quandary can serve as a reminder for all New York residents to take their long term care planning seriously. Kasem took the right steps to ensure that his health care wishes would be enacted, thanks to two critical legal documents.

Experts say that Kasem took two additional steps that are not common among today's Americans. First, he authorized a proxy decision-maker for his health care situation. That is, he designated his daughter as a surrogate health care decision-maker. She was charged with making the hard choices about her father's health, abiding by the information he had included in his long-term care plan.

Further, Kasem laid out specific information about his treatment preferences. His advance directive clearly stated that he did not want any life-sustaining procedures. Those included nutrition and hydration. This, of course, caused significant strife within the family, as Kasem's wife became furious that she was not legally allowed to order the feeding of her husband.

In many cases, the medical options that are offered through standard advance directives require additional considerations when it comes to real-life choices. There are always long term care planning situations that cannot be anticipated by any document. In Kasem's case, his directive was specific enough to refuse nutrition and hydration care. Many people only use the term "heroic measures" or a similar phrase, which may be left up to interpretation.

Kasem ultimately received the end-of-life care that he wanted because he took the time to draft an appropriate advance directive. Experts say that it is important for everyone who is crafting an advance directive to discuss their wishes with their family members. Kasem's family may have been able to avoid some of the dramatic episodes if everyone had simply been informed about his plans.

Source: KFGO, "Casey Kasem’s end-of-life drama: a lesson for the rest of us" Randi Belisomo, Jun. 16, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • I wanted to write to say how pleased my wife and I were at your professional handling of our estate planning and preparation of new wills. We were put at ease by your visit to our home for an interview and were pleased that you listened to us and captured the things that we felt were important.

    --Robert and Christine Simonson, Fairport
  • In order to finalize the documents we came to your office and were greeted in a very professional manner and we could not have asked for finer service. We left with copies of everything we needed and feel very confident our needs have been met. Thanks again. We will surely recommend you should the opportunity arise.

    — Christine and Robert Simonson, Fairport
  • I have been working with Weinstein & Randisi for about two years now. Elizabeth Randisi, through a very thorough process, has helped my wife and me determine what is really important in our lives. Thus, we were able to draft a living will that reflected our most important values regarding our estate.

    --David and Ajia Cherry, Fairport
  • I would like to give a testimony for Elizabeth Randisi, an estate attorney with Weinstein & Randisi. Her knowledge of wills and estate planning was clearly demonstrated in her presentation to us. Realizing our need for a will, my husband and I went to see Elizabeth.

    --Kathy and Gary Gray, Webster
  • Filing for Medicaid is never an easy or fun process. However, working with the Weinstein & Randisi firm made the process simple and streamlined. We were able to obtain all files and records regarding Medicaid enrollment within a few days using specially prepared checklists and verbiage recommended by our assigned paralegal.

    --Ajia and David Cherry, Fairport
Awarded Top 50 Estate Planning Blog
Email Us For a Response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Blog Feed

Blog

Weinstein & Randisi - estate planning

290 Linden Oaks, Ste. 200
Rochester, NY 14625

Toll Free: 800-768-1780
Phone: 585-310-1578
Rochester Law Office Map

Map

Call us now for a free, 100% confidential consultation: