Making Your Health Care Decisions Known
A catastrophic illness or accident can happen to anyone at any time. While you may assume that your spouse or other family members can decide what care you should receive if you are in a coma or a vegetative state, that may not be the case. Without certain legal documents in place, the courts could end up deciding what happens to you.
I am lawyer Mitchell P. Sandler. I draft estate planning documents such as living wills, health care proxies and HIPAA releases that will allow you to decide in advance what care you should receive and who should manage your care if you are in a coma or vegetative state and unable to communicate for yourself. I serve clients on Long Island, in Nassau County and throughout New York.
Contact my office today to schedule a free initial consultation.
What Legal Documents Do I Need In New York?
To prevent disputes and misunderstandings over your end-of-life care, your estate plan should include the following documents:
- Living will: A living will declaration tells family members and medical providers what you want to happen if you are in a terminal condition and are no longer able to express your wishes. For example, you can decide whether you want feeding tubes if you are in vegetative state.
- Health care proxy: A health care proxy enables you to name a representative who will act on your behalf and ensure your wishes are carried out.
- HIPAA release: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act keeps your medical information private even from family members. This release is needed to ensure that your representative will have access to your medical information.
Contact A Long Island, New York, Health Care Proxies Attorney
I offer a free initial consultation. To discuss your case with me, Long Island living wills attorney Mitchell Sandler, call 516-874-3520. I offer flexible office hours and evening and weekend appointments.