• 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 healthcare agent, you can ensure that healthcare providers follow your wishes.
• 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 healthcare agent; you must use a Health Care Proxy.
A Will is a legal declaration of how a person wishes their possessions to be disposed of after death. No person should prepare their own Will, no matter how small their assets. An attorney should draft a Will.
NYS Bar Association: Will Drafting Forms (Downloadable)
Please visit New York Advance Directive, Planning for Important Healthcare Decisions, for more information.
• 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 specific 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.
NYS Bar Association: Power of Attorney (Downloadable)
• Planning Your Funeral While You Are Alive
For more information, please visit the New York State Department of Health, Before Preparing Your Funeral, Know Your Rights.
• Burial and Funeral Guide
A Guide to Burial Assistance and Funeral Planning for New Yorkers in Need is available for more information.
The Japanese American Association of New York, Inc (JAA), Committee on Aging Issues
List of Senior Services in NYC
Department for the Aging
Official Medicare Website
Medicare Rights Center