Legal Resources

The California Medical Association (CMA) Center for Legal Affairs defends the rights of physicians in the courts and works closely with other CMA advocacy centers to influence health policy created by the policymakers, regulatory agencies and the private sector.

Health Law Library

CMA members get free access to over 5,000 pages of legal information in California's most comprehensive health law resource.


Legal Information Line

CMA’s Center for Legal Affairs provides members with information about laws and regulations that impact the practice of medicine.


Advance Health Care Directive

Directive form, wallet cards and answers to the questions commonly asked about Advance Directives.


New California Health Laws

Every year, CMA publishes a summary of the most significant new health laws of interest to physicians. 


New Health Laws

Legal Information Line

legalinfo@cmadocs.org or (800) 786-4262

About the Legal Information Line: CMA’s Center for Legal Affairs provides members with information about laws and regulations that impact the practice of medicine.

How we can help: CMA staff can give legal information and can refer you to state agencies, and other resources, to assist you with your situation.

Who should call: If you are a CMA physician looking for legal resources, we are here to help. If you are a spouse, office manager, or colleague calling on behalf of a CMA physician member, please don’t hesitate to give us a call and let us know who you are calling on behalf.

Please note that CMA staff cannot provide individual legal advice or predict the outcome of your court case or legal problems.

Legal Line Limitations

As a 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership association, CMA engages in advocacy on issues that benefit all CMA members and further CMA’s mission. Laws governing 501(c)(6) nonprofit associations, however, limit CMA's ability to provide legal representation to individual members. Instead, CMA's legal advocacy and resources are directed at efforts that benefit CMA members at large, such as providing legal expertise in support of CMA's regulatory and legislative advocacy, engaging in litigation that impacts the practice of medicine generally, and offering legal information and tools to our members on demand through our legal line and compendium of legal articles, the California Physician's Legal Handbook (available free to members through the Health Law Library).

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