Long Island Health Care Proxy Lawyers Helping Clients Plan for Emergencies
Also Serving: New York City
When people think of an estate plan, they usually imagine writing a will or a trust. However, having a health care proxy is another valuable tool in a successful estate plan. This document allows a trusted individual to make medical decisions on your behalf if you cannot make your wishes known due to illness, injury, or age. You can even give instructions on how your care is to be administered so doctors and medical professionals know exactly what treatments you want.
If you would benefit from having a health care proxy in your estate plan, please reach out to our talented estate planning lawyers today. We have the experience and knowledge to get your health care proxy done quickly and efficiently. We also promise to listen to your needs and take the time to understand your estate planning goals so we can create the right document for you. Call today to schedule a consultation at (516) 253-1366.
What Is a Health Care Proxy?
In a health care proxy, the principal, or person who created the proxy, designates someone to act in their place if they become incapacitated. The agent, or person who acts on their behalf, will have the authority to make decisions regarding their healthcare only. This document may also be used to specify one’s wishes regarding medical treatment.
Even with a health care proxy, you can still make your own medical decisions as long as you are able. The agent is empowered only under the conditions you set in your personal health care proxy document.
You may adjust or revoke your health care proxy at any time in the future if your relationships or wishes change. Please get in touch with our legal team to start creating your health care proxy today.
What Should I Consider in a Health Care Proxy Document?
When creating a health care proxy, there are several items you should consider.
Who to Choose as a Health Care Agent?
One of the most important decisions to make is who you will select as your health care agent. Many people choose a spouse or adult child who can make decisions for them if they become incapacitated. The person must be at least 18 years old and should be a close relative or friend who understands your wishes and will be loyal to you. You may also choose to limit your agent’s ability to control the treatment you receive.
What Kind of Care Do You Wish to Receive?
Another important factor in a health care proxy is giving instructions on your medical care if you become unable to make decisions on your own. For example, you can specify whether you wish to be resuscitated or what kinds of treatment you want to avoid, such as artificial feeding tubes.
Should You Hire Our Health Care Proxy Attorneys?
At our law firm, we believe that every person deserves the right to dictate how they are treated. Since it is impossible to know the future, it is important to take the steps today to formulate a plan in case you are ever unable to express your wishes because of an injury or illness. This way, you can be sure your treatment reflects what you want.
When we create your health care proxy document, we will take the time to ask you essential questions that help us understand your needs and goals. We will then craft the perfect health care proxy that reflects what you want to have happen should you become incapacitated. We can help you choose an appropriate agent and will stand by if you need help managing, adjusting, or revoking your health care proxy.
Don’t feel that you have to make these critical decisions alone. Contact our talented legal team right away for compassionate attorneys who will listen carefully to you and create the right estate plan for all your legal needs. Call today at (516) 253-1366 .