Category Archives: Health Care Proxy
Selecting Your Agents
When preparing your estate plan, you will have to make at least three significant decisions: who to select as the executor of your will, your agent under a power of attorney, and your agent via a health care proxy. Depending upon the complexity of your estate plan, you may also need to select trustee(s), guardian(s) of… Read More »
A Living Will is a legal document in which you state your wishes regarding future health care. While New York State does not have any statutes governing Living Wills, the Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, has found Living Wills are valid if they provide “clear and convincing” evidence of one’s wishes. Generally, the Living… Read More »
Can A Person With Cognitive Impairment Sign Legal Documents?
When someone begins to exhibit signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia – or perhaps even has a diagnosis of some type of cognitive impairment, they often turn to us – wondering if it’s too late to prepare estate plans and get advanced directives in place. To better understand what can and cannot be done, consider the… Read More »
UNDERSTANDING A HEALTH CARE PROXY
Richard, an 81 year-old widower, has had his Will and advanced directive documents (Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy and Living Will) in order for some time. His daughter, Beth, was named his Health Care Agent in his health care proxy. Of his children, she lived the closest and often accompanied him to doctors’ appointments… Read More »