About the Author
JHSiess, Esq. successfully represented the late Florence Wendland and her daughter, Rebekah Vinson, in the landmark California case, Conservatorship of Wendland.
Her writings in this blog reveal her unique perspective on the protracted litigation over whether Robert Wendland, disabled at the age of 42 as a result of catastrophic injuries sustained in a 1993 motor vehicle accident just outside Lodi, California, should live — or die by dehydration as a result of having his feeding tube removed.
Siess points out that she believes that, from the case’s inception, she was called to handle it — as a matter and test of her faith. Accordingly, she makes no pretense of being objective and stresses that objectivity is neither the goal of nor motivated her to create this blog.
Rather, it is her hope that all who read about the six-year case that ended with a victory in the California Supreme Court for her clients — Robert Wendland died, allegedly of pneumonia, a few weeks before the win was assured — will resolve never to let their family members speculate about their desires in the event of catastrophic illness or injury.
Everyone should discuss with their loved ones the details about their wishes and commit them to writing, appointing an individual(s) to serve as his/her surrogate decision-maker(s) in the event that he/she is unable to communicate his/her desires and/or make decisions about his/her own medical treatment.
Siess is certain that, after learning what Robert Wendland’s family members, caregivers and friends, in addition to the attorneys, judges and justices involved in this case endured, readers will appreciate “The Cost of the Call” and take steps now to assure that their loved ones never have to pay the same price.
The need for, as well as the contents and legal sufficiency of a living will or other document outlining one’s wishes and appointing a surrogate decision-maker, should be directed to the reader’s personal physician and/or attorney of his/her own choosing. Nothing in this blog should be construed or interpreted as legal advice. By writing about her experiences here, Siess has neither entered into nor created an attorney-client relationship with any reader(s); no such relationship may or should be inferred.
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