Washington’s Death With Dignity Act – Part 1
Posted Aug 12, 2020
By Washington State Estate Planning & Probate Lawyer Matthew J. Cruz
What is the Act?
Public support for physician-assisted death (also known as medical aid-in-dying or death with dignity) has ebbed and flowed over the years. In Washington, however, support for such legislation culminated in the passage of the Washington Death with Dignity Act, Initiative 1000 (RCW 70.245, or the “Act”) in November of 2008, effective on March 5th, 2009. The Act permits terminally ill adults to request and digest lethal medication, subsequently ending their life.
Qualified persons permitted to request lethal medication, as defined in the Act, are limited to competent adults afflicted with...Read More