Health Care Decisions
Trust Our Poughkeepsie Elder Law Attorneys
It is an unfortunate reality that many people experience some degree of incapacitation at one point or another. At this stage of a prolonged or sudden illness, it may become impossible for individuals to articulate their wishes as far as the care they prefer to receive.
Empowering a trusted person to make health care decisions on your behalf can bring peace of mind to you and your family. The Poughkeepsie estate planning attorneys at Steven H. Klein & Associates, P.C. have more than 80 years of experience handling family law and estate planning cases. We can help you record your health care decisions in advance.
Call our office at (845) 203-2287 for a free consultation.
Helping You Document Decisions
At Steven H. Klein & Associates, P.C., our skilled estate planning lawyers stay on top of any changes to the laws governing elder care. In 2010, the state of New York enacted the Family Health Care Decisions Act, which allows family members to make decisions on behalf of incapacitated patients who have not made other arrangements, such as advance directives or power of attorney.
The Family Health Care Decisions Act calls on surrogate decision-makers in the following order of priority:
- A court-appointed guardian
- A spouse or domestic partner
- An adult child
- A parent
- A sibling
- A close friend
Because of this, it is crucial to discuss choices such as life-sustaining treatment and DNR orders with family members or other trusted persons in the company of an experienced estate planning attorney.
Caring Counsel Just a Phone Call Away
Our Poughkeepsie estate planning lawyers can ensure that any health care decisions are properly and legally recorded, and the appointed person will know precisely what choices to make when health care workers ask for instructions.
For more information on how our estate planning attorneys can help you record health care decisions, contact our firm at (845) 203-2287.