Article 1 Administration 05.15.010 – 05.15.097
Article 2 Licenses, Permits, and Registrations 05.15.100 – 05.15.188
Article 3 Miscellaneous Provisions 05.15.600 – 05.15.640
Article 4 General Provisions 05.15.680 – 05.15.695

Terms Used In Alaska Statutes > Chapter 15

  • advance health care directive: means an individual instruction or a durable power of attorney for health care. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • agent: means an individual designated in a durable power of attorney for health care to make a health care decision for the individual granting the power. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • anatomical gift: means a donation of all or a part of a human body to take effect after the donor?s death for the purpose of transplantation, therapy, research, or education. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • artificial nutrition and hydration: means medically appropriate nutrition and hydration delivered

    (A) through an intravenous needle placed directly in a vein. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390

  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • available: means , when referring to a person, that the

    (A) person?s existence is known. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390

  • best interest: means that the benefits to the individual resulting from a treatment outweigh the burdens to the individual resulting from that treatment after assessing

    (A) the effect of the treatment on the physical, emotional, and cognitive functions of the patient. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390

  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation: means an attempt to restore spontaneous circulation. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Codicil: An addition, change, or supplement to a will executed with the same formalities required for the will itself.
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • competent: means that an individual has the capacity

    (A) to assimilate relevant facts and to appreciate and understand the individual?s situation with regard to those facts. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390

  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • department: means the Department of Health and Social Services. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • do not resuscitate identification: means an identification card, form, necklace, or bracelet that carries the standardized design or symbol developed by the department under AS 13. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • do not resuscitate order: means a directive from a licensed physician that emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation should not be administered to a qualified patient. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Donee: The recipient of a gift.
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • durable power of attorney for health care: means a power of attorney that remains in effect when the principal lacks capacity. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • emancipated minor: means a minor whose disabilities have been removed for general purposes under AS 09. See Alaska Statutes 13.55.100
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • guardian: means a judicially appointed person having authority to make a health care decision for an individual. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Habeas corpus: A writ that is usually used to bring a prisoner before the court to determine the legality of his imprisonment. It may also be used to bring a person in custody before the court to give testimony, or to be prosecuted.
  • health care: means any care, treatment, service, or procedure to maintain, diagnose, or otherwise affect an individual?s physical or mental condition. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • health care decision: means a decision made by an individual or the individual?s agent, guardian, or surrogate regarding the individual?s health care, including

    (A) selection and discharge of health care providers and institutions. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390

  • health care facility: means a nursing home, a rehabilitation center, a long-term care facility, and any other health care institution that administers health care and that provides overnight stays in the ordinary course of the facility?s business. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • health care institution: means an institution, facility, or agency licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized or permitted by law to provide health care in the ordinary course of business. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • health care provider: means an individual licensed, certified, or otherwise authorized or permitted by law to provide health care in the ordinary course of business or practice of a profession. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • health care provider: has the meaning given in AS 09. See Alaska Statutes 13.55.100
  • hospital: means a facility

    (A) licensed, accredited, or approved as a hospital under the laws of this state. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390

  • hospital: has the meaning given in AS 13. See Alaska Statutes 13.55.100
  • individual instruction: means an individual?s direction concerning a health care decision for the individual. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Inter vivos: Transfer of property from one living person to another living person.
  • Juror: A person who is on the jury.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • life-sustaining procedures: means any medical treatment, procedure, or intervention that, in the judgment of the primary physician, when applied to a patient with a qualifying condition, would not be effective to remove the qualifying condition, would serve only to prolong the dying process, or, when administered to a patient with a condition of permanent unconsciousness, may keep the patient alive but is not expected to restore consciousness. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • mental health facility: has the meaning given to "designated treatment facility" in AS 47. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • mental health treatment: means electroconvulsive treatment, treatment with psychotropic medication, or admission to and retention in a health care institution for mental health treatment. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • minor: means an individual under 18 years of age who is not an emancipated minor. See Alaska Statutes 13.55.100
  • opioid: includes the opium and opiate substances and opium and opiate derivatives listed in AS 11. See Alaska Statutes 13.55.100
  • part: means an organ, tissue, or an eye of a human being, except fetal tissue. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • permanent unconsciousness: means a condition

    (A) that, to a high degree of medical certainty, will last permanently without improvement. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390

  • person: means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, joint venture, association, government, governmental subdivision, governmental agency, or another legal or commercial entity. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action, and evidences of debt. See Alaska Statutes 01.10.060
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • power of attorney: means the designation of an agent to make health care decisions for the individual granting the power. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • primary physician: means a physician designated by an individual, or by the individual?s agent, guardian, or surrogate, to have primary responsibility for the individual?s health care or, in the absence of a designation or if the designated physician is not reasonably available, a physician who undertakes the responsibility. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • qualified patient: means a patient with a qualifying condition who is eligible for do not resuscitate identification. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • qualifying condition: means a terminal condition or permanent unconsciousness in a patient. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • reasonably available: means available using a level of diligence appropriate to the seriousness and urgency of an individual?s health care needs. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Right of survivorship: The ownership rights that result in the acquisition of title to property by reason of having survived other co-owners.
  • state: means a state, territory, or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • supervising health care provider: means the primary physician or the physician?s designee, or the health care provider or the provider?s designee who has undertaken primary responsibility for an individual?s health care. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • surrogate: means an individual, other than a patient?s agent or guardian, authorized under this chapter to make a health care decision for the patient. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390
  • terminal condition: means an incurable or irreversible illness or injury

    (A) that without administration of life-sustaining procedures will result in death in a short period of time. See Alaska Statutes 13.52.390

  • Testator: A male person who leaves a will at death.
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Tort: A civil wrong or breach of a duty to another person, as outlined by law. A very common tort is negligent operation of a motor vehicle that results in property damage and personal injury in an automobile accident.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.