ADVANCE DIRECTIVE LAWYER
Advance directives are legal documents that help you provide a legal outline and explanation of your desires in the event that you cannot make medical decisions for yourself due to illness or disability.
Even if you are young and healthy, setting up advance directives can give you peace of mind about the future, knowing that you will be properly cared for in case of an emergency or unexpected disability. If for any reason you are unable to make important decisions or express your desires for medical and health care, then your advanced directives will dictate exactly who makes such decisions for you.
TYPES OF ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
Durable Powers of Attorney
One of the best ways to ensure you are well cared for in the future is by setting up a Durable Power of Attorney. This legal document allows you to appoint an agent to handle financial matters on your behalf as your agent, or your “attorney-in-fact.” A validly executed power of attorney is an important tool which would allow your agent to handle your finances for you, even if you become unable to make financial decisions due to illness or a medical condition.
Health Care Proxies
A Health Care Proxy allows you to appoint a person as your agent to make medical decisions on your behalf in the event you cannot speak for yourself for any reason. Your health care agent should be a person whom you trust, who knows your wishes about medical treatment, and who is willing to be your advocate and take responsibility to ensure your wishes are followed.
This type of authorization is a document which names people you have authorized to receive your health records.
A living will sets forth your end of life wishes so that they may be known if you are unable to speak for yourself.
CONSULT A LONG ISLAND ESTATE PLANNING LAWYER
At Esther Schwartz Zelmanovitz, PLLC, you will find experienced and dedicated estate planning attorneys serving all of Nassau County, Suffolk County and the Five Boroughs. We can help you understand all your options regarding advanced directives and can guide you through the process of creating your estate plan.