Living Wills & Health Care Proxies
New York Estate Planning Attorney
A living will is a written statement of your wishes for health care if you can no longer express those wishes. It gives you the chance to provide clear direction for the type of medical care you want, including pain management care. The living will also includes the type of medical care you do not want. Finally, a living will gives you the power to choose the person, a trusted family member, friend or loved one who will ensure your wishes are carried out. As an example, if you suffered a brain injury and could no longer communicate, you would need someone to give instructions for your health care.
Your medical wishes could include tube feeding, CPR, intubation, blood transfusions, organ transplant, etc. While it is unsettling to consider these matters, it is important to take legal steps to provide for these circumstances. If you don’t want certain treatments or procedures performed on you, you should specify those wishes in a living will. You should choose a person that you trust to faithfully carry out your wishes. A living will and health care proxy, by providing that instruction, gives you and your loved ones peace of mind and direction for the care you do and don’t want.
At the Law Office of Audra E Dehan, our New York estate planning lawyers have more than 30 years of insight and experience when it comes to estate planning matters. We can provide you with the guidance and clarity needed to create the living will and health care proxy you need for the future.