New York Healthcare Proxy Lawyers
A Healthcare Proxy and Power of Attorney are two often overlooked, yet important parts of estate planning. Without them, you may not be able to control either your health care decisions or finances while incapacitated.
No one likes to contemplate the circumstances of his or her own death; however, by planning for it today, you can simplify the decisions that need to be made in the future. This will ease the burden on your family. It will also allow you to retain control of the management of your finances. For assistance from an experienced lawyer and former CPA, contact Mackay, Caswell & Callahan, P. C. Please call our office toll free at 844-MCC-4TAX to arrange an appointment with a Rochester or Syracuse health care proxy attorney.
Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy and Living Will
To provide for medical expenses and other costs in the event you are incapacitated by illness or injury, we can create a durable power of attorney for property. This grants authority to an agent of your choice to make decisions about your finances and real estate. You can also specify limits on the agent’s authority to transfer funds, pay bills or sign real estate documents.
A health care proxy lets you name an agent who will make health care decisions for you if you become incapacitated. Health care proxies are used to specify your preferences for health care treatment for temporary incapacitation and end-of-life treatment. You may wish to add a living will in addition to a health care proxy.
If you draft a living will, you can request that doctors withhold health care under certain circumstances. A living will must comply with New York statutes to be enforceable. Because each physician and hospital can interpret a living will differently, you should have an experienced estate planning attorney help you with this document.