New York Proxy
Staten Island and Brooklyn, NY Health Care Proxy Attorney
When you set up a health care proxy, in New York, you let your health care wishes be known in the event you cannot make decisions on your own. While most people think that a health care proxy establishes whether or not a doctor can use life support, a proxy can actually provide for routine decisions including the:
- Hospital location
- Surgery type
- Medicine usage and known allergies
In planning for important decisions, an experienced health care proxy lawyer at Polizzotto & Polizzotto, LLC, will counsel you on your rights. Our attorneys have more than 20 years of experience helping clients with their asset and estate planning needs in New York. Contact our health care proxy lawyer at our law offices in Staten Island and Brooklyn, New York, today.
Plan for Your Own Medical Decisions
Signing a health care proxy allows your named agent to make medical decisions for you. Your agent is able to make decisions on your behalf if you are unable to because of illness, incapacity or serious injury.
You have the opportunity in the health care proxy to tell the agent that you want all care possible, no care or some level of care in between. When you set up a health care proxy, you get to make your medical wishes clear so that they are followed correctly by the agent.
Give Your Agent Access to Medical Records
Without a provision allowing your agent access to your records, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the related medical privacy laws will prevent your agent from gaining access.
While the state offers form health care proxies, these proxies do not contain the necessary provisions that allow your agent to view your medical records.
When we handle your health care proxy, we are able to include medical records access for your named agent, as well as address any other unique issues you may have. We urge you to contact an attorney to assist in drafting a health care proxy. Without knowledgeable legal advice, you may miss important issues that can prevent future problems.
Meeting Your Individual Needs
The health care proxy attorneys at our law firm take your medical wishes seriously. We understand that if you become unable to express your medical decisions, the proxy may be the only document expressing your thoughts on your medical care.
For a free consultation to discuss the benefits of a will and our legal services, please contact our Brooklyn or Staten Island office at 718.213.4861.