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Health Care Proxies

New York Proxy

When you set up a health care proxy in New York, you let your health care wishes be known in case you cannot make decisions on your own. While most people think that a health care proxy establishes whether a doctor can use life support, a proxy can actually provide for routine decisions, including:

  • Hospital location
  • Surgery type
  • Medicine use and known allergies

Brooklyn Health Care Proxy Attorney

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 Brooklyn today.

Plan For Your Own Medical Decisions

Signing a health care proxy allows your named agent to make medical decisions for you. Your agent can 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, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and related medical privacy laws will prevent your agent from gaining access.

While the state offers health care proxy forms, 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 can 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 consultation to discuss the benefits of a will and our legal services, please contact our Brooklyn office at 718-213-4861.