8. Issues Related to Seniors

8. Issues Related to Seniors

a. Health Care Proxy

The New York Health Care Proxy Law allows you to appoint someone you trust — for example, a family member or close friend – to make health care decisions for you if you lose the ability to make decisions yourself. By appointing a health care agent, you can make sure that health care providers follow your wishes.”

NYS Department of Health: Who Will Speak for You?

Form: Health Care Proxy: Appointing Your Health Care Agent in New York State (pdf)

b. Living Will

“A Living Will allows you to leave written instructions that explain your health care wishes, especially about end-of-life care. You cannot use a Living Will to name a health care agent; you must use a Health Care Proxy.”

NYS Department of Health: Advance Care Planning

HELPGUIDE.ORG: Advance Health Care Directives and Living Wills

c. Will

“A Will is a legal declaration of how a person wishes their possessions to be disposed of after death. A Will should be drafted by an attorney. No person should draft their own Will no matter how small their assets.”

NYC Caregiver Legal Information; The Making of a Will

NYS Bar Association: Will Drafting Forms (Downloadable)

For more information, please visit New York Advance Directive, Planning for Important Healthcare Decisions.

d. Power of Attorney

“Power of attorney is granted to an “attorney-in-fact” or “agent” to give that individual the legal authority to make decisions for an incapacitated “principal.” The laws for creating a power of attorney vary from state to state, but there are certain general guidelines to follow. Before you or a loved one signs any documents, however, be sure to consult with an attorney concerning all applicable laws and regulations.”

National Caregivers Library: What Is Power of Attorney

NYS Bar Association: Power of Attorney (Downloadable)

e. Planning Your Funeral While You Are Alive

For more information, please visit New York State Department of Health, Before Preparing Your Funeral, Know Your Rights.

f. Burial and Funeral Guide

For more information, A Guide to Burial Assistance and Funeral Planning for New Yorkers in Need is available.

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