Great, thoughtful review of an important HBO special here. I don't even have access to HBO, so I have to go out of my way to find this, but it's worth it. Although most people put off planning and thinking about end-of-life decisions too long because they think it's depressing, the reality is that most people find that doing the work and thinking about their wishes for end-of-life care and final arrangements is actually uplifting; there's a lightening that you feel when you make your peace with the fact that we're all mortal, and that we will all leave people we care about and stuff we've acquired behind. Life planning, including plans for what to do if we find ourselves faced with intractable pain, is actually a liberating thing to do.
OregonLaws.org is such a great service -- it lets "civilians" (non-lawyers) find the statutes and see them presented in an intelligent, useful format. I like it so much that this office is only the second OL.org sponsor ever. But you can sponsor or assist too! Before John Gear Law Office opened, I was contributing a measly $2 a month to OregonLaws.org, just because it is such a cool project. If you ever turn to the site for help, consider becoming a participating member -- surely it's worth $2 a month to have access to the laws in a clear, helpful format.
Attorneys have a variety of databases at their disposal for researching the law. But what about you, the regular person? Where can you go to find the Oregon statutes? Alas, the state website is horrible, because the Legislature ignores everything we've learned about printing and displaying information intelligently since Gutenberg brought movable type printing to the Europe.
To the rescue comes a law student, Robb Shecter and his partner in making law accessible for the people, Lisa. They have done an amazing job posting the Oregon Revised Statutes at OregonLaws.org, and presenting them in a thoughtfully formatted way that makes completely and effortlessly readable and usable. Hats off to them both!
John Gear Law Office, LLC is very proud to be just the second paid sponsor/supporter of OregonLaws.org. Sponsorships for OregonLaws.org help make this site the best way for you to find out just what the law says.