New City Health Care Proxy Attorneys
With a health care proxy, you appoint another person to make health care decisions, such as accepting or rejecting proposed medications and treatments, and to receive information about your care when you are unable to do so. A living will (called an advance health care directive in New Jersey) is a usual companion to a health care proxy. The living will sets out a person's wishes regarding continuation or termination of life support in cases in which death is imminent.
No matter the size of your estate, health care proxies and living wills are important parts of your estate plan. At Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., we assist individuals and couples with health care proxies and living wills. Our estate planning lawyers can package a durable power of attorney with a will, health care proxy or advance health care directive, and living will. Please call our office at 800-660-7843 to schedule an appointment with our Rockland County advance health care directive attorneys.
Health Care Proxies and Living Wills
A health care proxy lets you name an agent to make health care decisions for you if you become incapacitated. Health care proxies are powers of attorney for health care.
With a living will or advance health care directive, you can request that doctors withhold or remove health care under certain circumstances. This document specifies a person's feelings about life support and "Do Not Resuscitate" orders at the end of life or in certain critical medical conditions such as a coma or terminal illness with no reasonable prospect of recovery.
In addition to expressing your own intentions, a living will can give guidance and comfort to your health care agent. Without directions from a health care agent, when an individual has not signed a living will, a hospital may be legally obligated to maintain artificial life support.
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