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Health Care Proxies in New York

Guidance from a New York Estate Planning Lawyer

If you become unable to make health care decisions, someone else will have to make the decisions for you. In some cases, health care providers or family members may not act in the way that you would have desired. Appointing a specific person to act according to your wishes can prevent unnecessary conflict when it comes to making tough medical treatment choices.

Our compassionate and patient New York estate planning attorneys understand the weight of these decisions. It can be very uncomfortable for people to think about their own demise, but planning for the future care of your own health can only be beneficial. You can rely on us to guide you through the process and explain every aspect of your health care proxy decisions so that you, your family and your appointed agent completely understand the nature of your decisions.

Understand the Importance of a Health Care Proxy

Appointing a health care proxy allows you to control your medical treatment instead of leaving the decision to a doctor or health care provider who wouldn't know your personal desires. You can control your medical treatment by:

  • Allowing your agent to make health care decisions on your behalf as you want them decided
  • Choosing one person to avoid conflict, confusion or dilemma among family members
  • Choosing one person to make decisions because you think that person would make the best decisions on your behalf

Unlike with a living will, the New York Health Care Proxy Law allows you to choose a specific person whom you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you lose the capacity to make the decisions on your own. That is why it is so important to take the time to carefully consider whom you can trust to make such important decisions. Your health care proxy is an important estate planning document that can state the extent of the powers of your agent and that can document your wishes for health care.

Contact Korsinsky & Klein, LLP Today

Whether you are young and healthy or elderly and terminally ill, the lawyers at Korsinsky & Klein, LLP will assist you through the process of creating any health care proxy or related document. We will inform you of your rights and explain the responsibilities and duties of your agent so that all parties know what to expect in the event that your health care proxy must be initiated.

By having an open and honest discussion about your personal wishes, your health care agent will have a more appreciative understanding of your desires. Strong communication allows your agent to better follow your wishes and beliefs when you cannot state your preferences on your own. Contact our firm so we can tell you more about our services! If you would like to set up a consultation, you can get the process started by filling out our case evaluation form.