Health Care Proxy Attorney in Manhattan
We all have times when we need care and support. There may even be times when you need someone else to make healthcare decisions for you. Before these critical moments arise, you need to have the proper legal documents in place. A healthcare proxy can ensure that the people you trust have the power they need to care for you if and when the time comes.
At Chaves Perlowitz Luftig LLP, our Manhattan healthcare proxy attorneys help people plan for their future. Whether the healthcare proxy is part of a larger estate plan or a standalone document, we can help you put yours in place. Call us today or contact us online for a free consultation.
What Is a Healthcare Proxy?
A healthcare proxy is an important legal document that allows you to specify what your healthcare wishes are. The document also allows you to name a person as the healthcare agent who can make decisions for you if you become incapacitated by an illness or other medical problem. A healthcare proxy gives your agent clear instructions on how you want your medical care to proceed.
Under a healthcare proxy, as long as you can make decisions about your care, you have the power to do so. Your healthcare proxy document will set forth the conditions under which it will become effective. Your agent is then empowered to authorize the care you have chosen. The healthcare agent can also decline further care based on instructions in your healthcare proxy.
You can cancel the authority of your healthcare agent at any time. If your plans or relationships change, you can modify your healthcare proxy as needed.