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While it’s human nature to avoid thinking about unpleasant subjects, it’s important to take some time to think about what would happen in the event you were no longer able to make decisions because of illness or incapacity.
In this unfortunate event, your loved ones are left to guess what should be done. The result is often guilt, arguments and uncertainty. Instead of placing this insurmountable burden on those you love, it’s best to make your wishes known today with advance directives.
An advance directive tells your doctor, your caregivers and your loved ones the type of care you would like to receive — even if you were no longer able to make medical decisions. These powerful legal documents will ensure your wishes are carried out to your specifications.
You’ll feel better knowing you’ve made and documented your wishes and your loved ones will feel more comfortable with your choice of care.
Your Living Will is an important document drafted to express your end-of-life care wishes. You will specify your wishes regarding the use of life-sustaining treatments such as artificial nutrition and hydration, pain management, administration of CPR, and more in your Living Will. This critical document only takes effect in the event you’re in need of life-sustaining medical treatment or are terminally ill.
By executing a Living Will, you set forth now your wishes regarding the types of life-sustaining treatment you would want should you be unable to state your wishes in the future. Without a Living Will in place, some of the most important and hardest decisions of your life can be left in the hands of your loved ones and medical professionals.
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With a Health Care Proxy in New York, you can choose a loved one, friend, or family member and designate them as the decision maker for your healthcare issues in the event you’re unable to make your own medical decisions. The person you appoint is your authorized healthcare agent.
This person should be someone you trust, who understands your medical wishes for treatment, and who is willing to take responsibility to follow your wishes. You’ll have the right to change your choices regarding instructions or your agent at any time, as long as you have capacity.
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The loss of control over your finances can be very scary and intimidating. However, a Durable Power of Attorney is your best defense — as well as a powerful offensive tool — to protect your integrity and assets. With a Durable Power of Attorney, you can appoint a trusted loved one, family member, or friend to be your financial decision maker and act on your behalf if you were to become incapacitated.
Your agent — the individual you choose — will have the authority to handle your income and assets, including real estate transactions, banking matters, pension, Social Security, insurance and much more on your behalf.
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A Last Will & Testament is a vital instrument in your estate plan. This critical document serves as the legally binding declaration of who will receive your property following your death. A well-planned Will ensures all of your property is distributed based on your wishes.
Most importantly, it allows you to make bequests however you see fit – whether it’s to your kids, best friends, or your favorite charity. You can set forth how and when your heirs should inherit so that they, and your money, are protected - from their own creditors, possible divorces, etc. In addition, a Will can be helpful for reducing estate taxes and appointing someone as a guardian of any dependents you may have.
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Consistently recognized as the top Elder Law and Estate Planning law firm on Long Island, Cona Elder Law has been helping people like you create a plan for your family’s security. Our firm’s reputation is built upon an unwavering commitment to the highest possible level of standards and professional ethics.
Since 1998, Cona Elder Law has helped families make informed choices and decisions surrounding Medicaid planning, guardianships, special needs planning, wealth transfer strategies, estate and tax planning, estate and trust administration as well as estate litigation. We work to help you preserve assets, prepare and submit Medicaid applications, create estate plans, prepare advance directives and much more.
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