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Experienced New York Attorney Drafts Healthcare Proxies and Living Wills

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Although everyone over the age of 18 should have a healthcare proxy, these documents are especially important for seniors. A healthcare proxy, or living will, allows you to decide the extent of lifesaving interventions you believe are appropriate and appoint a trusted individual to make decisions when you are unable. At the Cormac McEnery Law Firm, we understand that this is a delicate topic for discussion. Rather than dictate to you what we think is appropriate, we listen to your views on the issues and explain your options. Then, we draft a document that fully implements your wishes.

Living wills attorney in Brooklyn Heights explains your options

Modern medicine provides numerous options for lifesaving interventions. When you complete your healthcare proxy, you can decide what procedures you feel are appropriate. Your options include:

  • Artificial respiration
  • Artificial nutrition and hydration (tube feeding)
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Antipsychotic medication
  • Electric shock therapy
  • Antibiotics
  • Surgical procedures
  • Dialysis
  • Transplantation
  • Blood transfusions

Opinions on medical interventions vary according to one’s background, religious affiliation and personal philosophy. A person’s stage of life is also a vital consideration. Older adults may believe they still have a great deal to live for, or may be content that their end of life is near. Elders already in poor health must consider the toll life-saving interventions might take on their frail condition and anticipate how their quality of life might diminish even if the intervention is successful. Available options run from orders to use every available method to an absolute “do not resuscitate” (DNR).

The second important decision is who should hold your health proxy. Our experience in this area can help you discern from among your close relatives and associates who is the best choice for your circumstances.

A wills lawyer must be sensitive to each client’s personal struggle with these issues. We patiently assist you and thoroughly explain your options. A living will should be part of a comprehensive estate plan, which includes a last will and testament and a combination of trusts that fit your circumstances and allow your assets to avoid probate.

For sensitive counsel on healthcare proxies, contact our law firm

A healthcare proxy is an important element in any estate plan. At the Cormac McEnery Law Firm, we listen to your concerns and guide you through each step of the process. To schedule a free consultation at our office in the Brooklyn Heights, Manhattan or City Island, call 888.368.4329 or contact us online.