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I filed a petition in CA probate court to determine the

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I filed a petition in CA probate court to determine the validity of a trust. Can you tell me how I can obtain the trustors medical records
JA: Since estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: CA
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: a petition to determine validity of trust
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: no
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ray replied 1 month ago.

Hi and welcome to JA. Ray here to help you today.Please bear with me a few moments while I review your question and respond.

Expert:  Ray replied 1 month ago.

You would need to subpoena the custodian of the records from the doctors office or hospital you need them for.You can subpoena duces tecum them to a hearing and use the witness to admit them.In other words they identify whose recrds they are, that it was normal business to keep such records, and these are ll the records belongs to the Trustor, etc so the may be admitted as evidence.

You can also do this be deposition with a court reporter subpoenaing the records and person to the court reporter's office. You would have to pay for the court reporters time and reporter would take the brief deposition and attach records to the depo and this can all be admitted in lieu f testimony at a hearing here in CA.

I appreciate the chance to help you today.Thanks again.

Expert:  Ray replied 1 month ago.
Expert:  Ray replied 1 month ago.

1270. As used in this article, "a business" includes every kind ofbusiness, governmental activity, profession, occupation, calling, oroperation of institutions, whether carried on for profit or not.1271. Evidence of a writing made as a record of an act, condition,or event is not made inadmissible by the hearsay rule when offered toprove the act, condition, or event if: (a) The writing was made in the regular course of a business; (b) The writing was made at or near the time of the act,condition, or event; (c) The custodian or other qualified witness testifies to itsidentity and the mode of its preparation; and (d) The sources of information and method and time of preparationwere such as to indicate its trustworthiness.1272. Evidence of the absence from the records of a business of arecord of an asserted act, condition, or event is not madeinadmissible by the hearsay rule when offered to prove thenonoccurrence of the act or event, or the nonexistence of thecondition, if: (a) It was the regular course of that business to make records ofall such acts, conditions, or events at or near the time of the act,condition, or event and to preserve them; and (b) The sources of information and method and time of preparationof the records of that business were such that the absence of arecord of an act, condition, or event is a trustworthy indicationthat the act or event did not occur or the condition did not exist.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I looked at the SDT is it appropriate for medical records? Are there HIPPA issus to be concerned with?
Expert:  Ray replied 1 month ago.

Yes it is, the hospital might try to quash it but only way to get at them.You may have to battle a bit.

Thanks for the follow up.

You can argue for in camera inspection if you have too by the court--judge looks at them and rules on whether you get them

Expert:  Ray replied 1 month ago.

Have a Happy Halloween and good luck here.

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