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​​Health Care Proxy

What is a Health Care Proxy? A Health care proxy is document that allows you appoint someone to make your medical decisions in the event that you cannot make them yourself. The decisions can cover a variety of medical matters, including consent for hospitalization. ​​

What is a Living Will? Should you become mentally incapable and/or physically incapable of expressing your wishes, a Living Will is a document that allow you to specify the types of life prolonging treatment you want - or do not want - if you become terminally ill.  It's called a living will because it takes effect while you are still alive.  It can include, but need not be limited to, instructions concerning the termination of life support.

An important distinction between a health care proxy and a living will is that the health care proxy is established under state law whereas a living will is common law. In New York, there are specific guidelines as to the proper drafting and execution of a health care proxy. Careful consideration should also be made when drafting a living will in order for it to accurately express your wishes and avoid legal challenges.

For further information on Health Care Proxies and Living Wills,  please contact Mark Gallo, Esq. at (718) 761-6464 for a free consultation.

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