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From: George Rushton <>
Subject: Next-of-kin/Laughing heir/ was State Hospital Records- note from State Archives.
Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 15:12:44 -0700 (PDT)
I just spend the last half hour having the librarians
at Bloat Hall on the U.C. campus, seeing if we could
find in California Law Codes, what the next-of-kin,
they do not define the term.
The closes we could figure out was to use Black's law
dictionary, under the term Next-of-kin, is the
following: 1. The person or persons most closely
related by blood to a decedent.;2. The person or
persons entitled to inherit personal property from a
decedent who has not left a will.
Under Heir, was this term is the term: laughing heir;
an heir distant enough to feel no grief when a
relative dies and leaves a windfall to the heir.
Now if I could only become a Laughing Heir, ;-)
p.s. I am going to check the State Law re:cemetery
records, and see if the state has to follow them.
Wish me luck.
> Wow, truly the work of a Philadelphia Lawyer!:>)
> Many of these patients were committed to the
> Institution and not capable of
> rational decisions and yet they had the power to say
> if notification or
> release of information was permissible! LOL
> At Napa State Hospital the family is notified of the
> death of a patient.
> However, they will only release medical information
> upon the request of a
> Physician for Genetic purposes.
> Then there is the "the records have been destroyed"
> bit that comes from
> several California State Hospitals even in fact when
> the records still exist.
> Of course, I believe in Patients Rights but I don't
> feel they are being
> violated when the family wants information and the
> Patient does not have the
> wherewithal to handle their own affairs or the
> patient is dead,
> This State law as countless others is interpreted by
> each facility
> differently and dependent on the whims of the
> personnel. Much like the
> interpretation of the access to public records laws
> that we researchers rely
> on so heavily. Different Counties, Different Rules,
> One State Law!
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