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Advanced health care directives are scary things to think about. It requires you to think about your future. It requires you to ponder what happens to you when you die, or can no longer make your own decisions. These documents should be created now, before they are needed. An Advanced Health Care Directive, also known as a Living Will, is a document which gives specific wishes regarding your health care choices. These can be as general, or as detailed as you’d like. Your wishes pertaining to life support, medication choices, and what type of life sustaining measures should be taken – are defined by this health care directive. Our New York attorneys can help draft an Advanced Health Care directive for you if you’d like.
Tragedy can strike at any time, and if you find yourself in such a situation, – the lack of written instructions can harm both you, and your loved ones. The health care decisions, in the absence of such a list of instructions, rests on your physician and family members. This document is typically created in conjunction with a last will, and overall estate plan. In order to protect your family, you should have this, and your personal wishes, drafted in the form of a New York Advanced Health Care Directive. We can help you create this document, and ensure it’s a part of your overall plan.
In 1990, the Supreme Court recognized people have the right to refuse end of life treatment, as long the wishes are set forth in writing. If you are in a vegetative state, or in a coma, then an advanced health care directive is crucial in order to make sure the right choices are made on your behalf. This document is typically created in conjunction with a Power of Attorney for Healthcare. The document will state an individual who will act as an Attorney in fact for a person. The individual will make decisions on their behalf. It’s crucial to remember that if you stay in a vegetative stay indefinitely, your estate could be drained. You can prevent that by requesting medical treatments stop if you’re in such a state. This will help you end your life, without draining your financial assets. Dealing with complex issues like this is not pleasant. We can help you in understanding the financial and emotional implications of an advanced health care directive. Contact our lawyers today at any of our various offices. Regardless of where you are, we can help. Call us today for a risk free consultation.