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

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

by Paul Hampton Crockett
 
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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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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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.)
Library Journal
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780609800232
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/07/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.58(d)

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