Teleconference presented by Eve Green Koopersmith and Doris L. Martin
NATIONAL HEALTH CARE DECISION DAY
Complimentary Teleconference, Limited Registration, Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm
April 16, 2015 is National Healthcare Decision Day, an annual public service project sponsored by the New York State Bar Association and designed to explain legal procedures and documents to help New Yorkers make better, more informed health care and financial decisions. Garfunkel Wild, P.C. is proud to participate in this project by issuing this client alert and hosting a teleconference. This year’s topic is a “Legal Checklist.” Here is a brief description of items on the checklist.
Health Care Proxy
A Health Care Proxy allows you to name someone as your health care agent and authorize that agent to make health care decisions on your behalf in the event you are incapacitated and unable to make such decisions.
A Living Will allows you to express your wishes concerning medical treatment in the event you cannot communicate.
Authorization for Release of Patient Information
An Authorization for Release of Patient Information may be signed to allow someone, such as the agent named in the Proxy, access to your medical records even if you are not incapacitated.
Do Not Resuscitate Order / MOLST
A Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) is a refusal of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the event of cardiac or pulmonary arrest. If you are living at home or in a hospice, clinic, or anywhere else, and do not wish to be resuscitated, you must have a “Non-Hospital” DNR signed by your physician or a MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment). A MOLST can be used to document your wishes concerning various forms of life-sustaining medical treatment.
You can enroll in the New York State Donate Life Registry to donate organs and tissues by registering online, by mail, at the DMV, or at the Board of Elections.
Appointment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains
You may designate who is in charge of the disposition of your remains after your death and state directions to the agent regarding the disposition.
Power of Attorney
A Power of Attorney allows you to appoint someone as your agent in making financial decisions on your behalf.
A Will allows you to leave your property to the persons you choose in the manner you wish and appoint the persons of your choice as the Executor and as Guardian of your minor children.
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Planning for end-of-life care and estate planning is not easy, but not planning can leave family or friends in a difficult position and increase estate taxes and expenses. By signing the appropriate documents you are taking control by stating your wishes and appointing trusted individuals to carry them out. Taking time now to make these plans and properly document them will provide the authority to the persons of your choice to make decisions when necessary and ensure that your directions are carried out.
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