HIV Law: A Survival Guide to the Legal System for People Living with HIV

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IV Law, a succinct, easy-to-read and essential guide to legal issues for those who are HIV positive, takes on complicated points of law that every HIV-positive person needs to understand and presents lucid solutions and strategies for solving legal problems.

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Overview

IV Law, a succinct, easy-to-read and essential guide to legal issues for those who are HIV positive, takes on complicated points of law that every HIV-positive person needs to understand and presents lucid solutions and strategies for solving legal problems.

HIV Law, a succinct, easy-to-read and essential guide to legal issues for those who are HIV positive, takes on complicated points of law that every HIV-positive person needs to understand and presents lucid solutions and strategies for solving legal problems. 192 pp. National radio publicity. 15,000 print.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Living with AIDS is at least as distressing as dying from it, notes HIV-positive Miami lawyer Crockett. His bookan avalanche of advice and informationis a guide on how to orchestrate your SSA, SSD and SSI claims and benefits, how to take advantage of your COBRA rights and in what ways HMOs can be dangerous and how they can be useful for people with HIV and AIDS. The book is not to be read straight through (there is considerable overlap between chapters, and the number of calamities and abuses by the system recorded here would be overwhelmingly depressing), but it is a potentially valuable reference for the HIV-positive (gay and otherwise) facing such issues as wills and estates, life and health insurance, viatical companies (which buy life insurance policies) and rights in the workplace. Written in a chatty style, Crockett's book makes clear that, though things are looking better, it still takes enormous amounts of time and energy to protect the rights of, and collect the benefits accruing to, the HIV-positive; almost every chapter at some point suggests hiring a lawyer. This is not a book for those who want to get on with their lives and deaths, but for those who want to use every legal (and occasionally vaguely questionable) recourse to rage against the dying of the light. (Apr.)
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Individuals living with HIV experience not only its devastating assault on the body but adverse effects on their employment, finances, relationships, insurance, and housing. Two new books look at the impact of AIDS on all areas of life, with particular attention to legal problems and the rights of those with positive status. Part of a series of ACLU handbooks, The Rights of People Who Are HIV Positive tackles the subject in four parts: the disease itself and the related testing, public health, and confidentiality issues; day-to-day issues involving insurance, family law, and healthcare decision-making; discrimination in housing and work; and AIDS in prisons, schools, as a factor in immigration, and among IV drug users. The topics are broached using a question-and-answer format, and each chapter is documented with citations to source material. The authors do not shrink from complicated or difficult subjects and generally do a fine job of explaining and humanizing the material. Appendixes refer readers to ACLU offices and other agencies offering legal aid to individuals with the disease. HIV Law takes an anecdotal and conversational tone as it works its way through chapters on holding title, guardianship, powers of attorney, creating a living will, social security, discrimination, and viatication of life-insurance policies. There is solid advice here and important coverage of the effects of the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 as well as in-depth discussion of COBRA benefits. The appendixes list AIDS hotlines, Internet sites, agencies, and action groups. HIV Law thoughtfully addresses issues of basic concern to HIV-positive people, while the ACLU book will appeal to anyone conducting research on the legal aspects of living with AIDS. Both books are recommended.Joan Pedzich, Harris, Beach & Wilcox, Rochester, N.Y.
Robert L. Pela
Surprisingly few books have as their primary focus the legal system as it concerns people with HIV, and Crockett's entry may be the most effective so far. He never resorts to bewildering legalese; instead, he concentrates on simple legal strategies and solutions.

HIV Law covers a lot of medical, legal, and psychological ground, simplifying the merry-go-round ride through a legal system that can often complicate an HIV diagnosis.
The Advocate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609800232
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/7/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 8.03 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8
Introduction 10
1 Why Do You Need a Will or Trust? 15
2 Are You Aware of What You Have ... and How You Are Holding It? 29
3 Are You Sure About How You Are Holding Title to Your Home? 34
4 What You Need to Know About Guardianship 38
5 Using Powers of Attorney 45
6 You and Your Bank Accounts 50
7 Planning for Your Health Care Needs: Naming Your Health Care Proxy 55
8 Thinking About Your Living Will 59
9 Navigating the Quicksands: How to Safeguard Your Documents Against Attack 63
10 Introduction to Insurance Issues: Covering the Basics 69
11 Focus on Health Insurance: Access to Coverage and Quality of Care in Changing Times 92
12 The World According to Social Security: What You Need to Know 128
13 Dealing with Creditors: A Look at Some Alternatives to Bankruptcy 151
14 The Basics of Bankruptcy 160
15 Selling Your Life Insurance 164
16 Discrimination: What Are Your Rights? 185
17 A Survival Guide to HIV in the Workplace 194
Conclusion 201
Appendix A: Glossary of Terms 202
Appendix B: Resources for Further Information and Access to Legal Representation 212
Index 231
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