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LIVING WILL

New York LIVING WILL Attorneys

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A Living Will is an important document to have at any stage in your life. It is a legal document that is drafted to express your wishes regarding end-of-life care. Without a Living Will in place, some of the hardest and most important decisions of your life can be left entirely in the hands of medical professionals and loved ones.

Not only do you risk having a decision made that you might not support, but family members may also be forced to make up your mind for you, often leaving them feeling unsure they have made the right decision.

However, you can ensure your wishes are carried out as you intend by signing a Living Will. The experienced Long Island estate planning attorneys at Cona Elder Law will work closely with you to explain your options so you can rest easier knowing you've put the proper documents in place.  

What is a Living Will?

A Living Will is a document in which you express your wishes regarding end-of-life care. You specify your wishes regarding the use of life-sustaining treatments such as artificial nutrition and hydration, pain management and the administration of CPR. By signing a Living Will, you make decisions for yourself now. Your loved ones will never be faced with making these critical and difficult decisions for you. It’s a wonderful gift to remove this decision-making burden from your loved ones’ shoulders.

Your family may be overwhelmed with emotions and information from medical professionals. To make matters worse, many families fail to have these tough discussions. Even if you've had the difficult conversation, emotional distress can at times push the family into making decisions against the wishes of their loved one.

Each state has different requirements for a Living Will. In New York, a Living Will works in conjunction with a Health Care Proxy.  The agents named in both documents must be the same. Along with a Power of Attorney, these three documents make up what is known as Advance Directives. When you work with an estate planning lawyer and develop a trusted attorney-client relationship, you can ensure your wishes are specified and will be carried out in the event of your incapacity.

Why a Living Will is Important

A Living Will is important so that you are making clear what your wishes are to be followed by medical professionals and your health care agent and so that your loved ones know what your wishes are. This eliminates conflict among family members as well as the emotional burden of decision making. A Living Will is important for a number of reasons, including:

● You keep control of your own end-of-life care wishes

● Your loved ones are not burdened with making these decisions for you

● Medical professionals cannot make these decisions for you

● You alleviate any family conflicts over what your wishes may have been

● You have peace of mind

What Does a Living Will Attorney Do?

A Living Will attorney will meet with you to fully understand your wishes and concerns about end-of-life care. They will educate you on New York State Laws and how the Living Will works in conjunction with a Health Care Proxy. Together, in this attorney-client relationship, you will get the best legal advice for establishing this important legal document that sets forth your wishes regarding: 

● Artificial nutrition and hydration

● CPR 

● Pain management 

● Life support 

Your Living Will attorney will also explain when the Living Will comes into play and when it does not as people often have concerns that they will not get the care they need for non-terminal conditions. All of this will be explained by a knowledgeable and experienced Living Will attorney. 

So if you ask, “Should I contact a New York elder law attorney for a Living Will?” Clearly, the answer is Yes!

Our Living Will Services in New York 

Our Living Will services are part of creating a comprehensive estate plan for our clients. A Living Will is part of the three documents that make up Advance Directives, that is, a Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, and Living Will. These legal documents allow you to plan ahead to ensure an agent can step up to take action and follow your wishes in the event of your incapacity. As no one knows when an illness or accident may happen, everyone should have their Advance Directives in place after the age of 18. That way, all medical, health care, and financial matters can be attended to as you have seen fit by the agents you have appointed.


Work With Our Experienced New York Living Will Attorneys

The attorneys at Cona Elder Law are experienced and ready to help you create a plan for your peace of mind. We can assist you in making sure your wishes are communicated well, and your health care agent fully understands his or her role in your end-of-life care planning.

We can also ensure your documents are maintained in a safe location and easily accessed when they are needed.

With the guidance and assistance of the attorneys at Cona Elder Law, there's no need to fear the unexpected. We'll help you create a plan so you can spend more time enjoying today and rest easier knowing you've put the proper legal instruments in place for tomorrow.

 Contact us at 631.619.2533 to get started.

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