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Living Wills, Health Care Proxies: The Advice You Need

Have you taken stock of your future, from a health standpoint? Are you curious about the roles that a living will or health care proxy would play if you became seriously ill or incapacitated?

At Fowler, Doyle, Spiess & Florsch, PLLC, Troy, New York, we are passionate about planning. We know that if you plan well you can live well. Living wills and health care proxies can be important parts of any durable estate plan.

Why A Health Care Proxy Is Important

A valid health care proxy grants to someone else the power to make health care decisions on your behalf if you are incapable of doing so for yourself. You may wish to create this document if you are concerned that you may become incapacitated and you will be unable to communicate your wishes for health care to your physicians and medical providers. Read more on health care proxies.

What A Living Will Does

A similar document is a living will. A living will does not designate a particular individual to carry out your wishes. It sets forth certain guidelines that a health care provider would follow in the case of your disability.

Which Is The Better Choice

  • A health care proxy is considered preferable to a living will because it allows you to select an agent that you believe will carry out your wishes, as opposed to a doctor or hospital that may not understand what you want.
  • A health care proxy is flexible in the event of an unanticipated injury or illness, compared with the potential lack of specifics in a living will.
  • A proxy also covers temporary surgical or treatment decisions, not just final wishes on withholding of life treatment.

We understand any misgivings you might have about these legal documents, as they relate to long-held philosophical or religious beliefs. Still, to be prepared for worst-case scenarios, we recommend health care proxies to all of our clients. We want to make sure that your specific personal desires and wishes are carried out.

When you are ready to have a living will drafted and know that it is time to discuss health care proxies we can help.

Contact us at Fowler, Doyle, Spiess & Florsch, PLLC, by toll-free phone today and schedule your free initial consultation by calling 866-572-4366.