Living Wills, Health Care Proxies: We Can Advise You
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?
We are the Fowler Doyle Spiess PLLC, in Troy, New York. We have the care, the competence and the conscientiousness you would want in an elder law and estate planning law office. Our personal service and experienced representation have been known across the Capital District for more than 30 years.
We are glad to give you a glimpse of what the future holds, where living wills and health care proxies are concerned. Our lawyers’ knowledge and execution within each of our legal practice areas are comprehensive, to your benefit.
Living wills and health care proxies can be important parts of any durable estate plan. We can tell you more in a free initial consultation at our Troy and Albany law offices. Call toll free, fax or e-mail us, but contact us today. We can help you with personal attention and experienced representation at 518-279-1143.
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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.
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.
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.
Are you ready to have a living will drafted? Is it time to discuss health care proxies? We can do both at your soonest convenience. Be in touch with our Fowler Doyle Spiess PLLC, offices in Troy today.