Advance Directives in Long Island
Long Island Estate Planning Lawyer
Although it may be difficult discuss, planning for your own future is particularly
important. All adults, including both the
elderly and the young, should provide instructions for their healthcare should
they become unable to give directions. Advance directives, including powers-of-attorney,
living wills and health care proxies, allow you to specify the type of
care you would like to receive should you become severely incapacitated.
A Long Island estate planning attorney at the Law Offices of Steven M.
Adler, PLLC can assist you in establishing advance directives according
to your wishes.
Durable General Powers-of-Attorney
Durable general powers-of-attorney provide another individual with the
ability to make decisions about your property. The legal document gives
the right to mortgage or sell your property without providing you with
notice or having your approval. These powers to dispose of real or personal
property are active during your lifetime, even if you become disabled
or incompetent. You are able to select the specific matters you are providing
power-of-attorney for, including real estate transactions, tax matters
and business operating transactions.
The Benefits of Living Wills
Living wills allow you to specify your preferences of end-of-life care should you no
longer be able to express your wishes. These include specifications regarding
cardiac resuscitation, mechanical respiration, artificial nutrition, blood
transfusions, use of antibiotics and pain medication. Health care professionals
are hesitant to discontinue life support if you do not have a living will
with explicit instructions to do so, which is why a having this plan in
place is so important.
Understanding Health Care Proxy Law
Under the New York Health Care Proxy Law, you can appoint another person,
called the agent, to make decisions about your healthcare for you in the
event that you are unable to do so for yourself. One of the benefits of
the Health Care Proxy is that the agent can give directions as your medical
condition changes. Another benefit of the document is that it allows you
to give the agent as much or as little control as possible by giving them
explicit instructions and controlling the decisions he or she is allowed
to make on your behalf.
Would you like to establish advanced directives?
Certain aspects of estate planning are more sensitive than others, and
we understand that creating Advance directives can be difficult. We care
about our clients' needs and our attorneys personally handle each
case rather passing them off to paralegals or legal assistants. With
over 25 years of experience, the Law Offices of Steven M. Adler, PLLC is well equipped to handle all
of your estate planning needs. If you are seeking the services of a Long
Island estate planning attorney to assist you,
contact our firm today!