New York AHCD Lawyer
People tend to shy away from dealing with ACHD matters, also known as Advanced Health Care Directives. These types of documents call upon us to come face to face with our own mortality, which is an unsettling experience. An AHCD is vitally important however, and the time to deal with it is now, before you ever think you might need one. An AHCD is a document that gives specific instructions to your health care provider or doctor in the event you are unable to make these decisions for yourself. These instructions can be as general or as specific as you like. Some items covered can include the use of ventilators, oxygen, what medications, if any, you wish to receive, and if any other life supporting measures should be employed such as giving food and fluids.
It is important to have this document in place in the event that an unexpected illness or accident occurs. If you do not have an AHCD in place and become incapacitated, the responsibility for making critical decisions will be left to your family members and physicians. Often an ACHD is created in conjunction with other Estate Planning documents such as a Will and Trust, among others. In order to ensure that your wishes are honored and your loved ones are looked after it is important to contact a New York Estate Lawyer to help you create an estate plan that makes sense for you.
Advanced Health Care Directives have become increasingly popular. With the incredible advances in modern medicine, life can be preserved and extended like never before. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that individuals have the right to refuse life saving treatment (provided their wishes are in writing). AHCD provisions are particularly important where an individual is in a vegetative state or in a coma with no hope of recovery.
A Power of Attorney for Health Care may be created to be used in conjunction with the AHCD. The Power of Attorney for Health Care is used to appoint a specific person to handle and oversee all health care decisions on your behalf. This appointed person is known as an Attorney-in-Fact. When contemplating creating these documents, it is important to remember that lingering indefinitely in vegetative state is not only a huge emotional burden on your loved ones, it is also a substantial drain on your estate. Dealing with these issues may be unpleasant, but they are extremely important not only for you, but for the preservation of your assets and the emotional well-being of your loved ones. Contact an experienced New York Probate Lawyer from the offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC for guidance. We can assist you in creating not only an AHCS, but also any necessary estate planning documents to ensure that your interests are protected. Whether you require a Last Will and Testament, Trust, or Durable Power of Attorney, we can create a document that suits your needs. When you contact our office, we will provide you with not only sound legal advice but a free case consultation. Contact us for your appointment at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW. We have office locations in New York City, including all five boroughs, as well as Suffolk County, Nassau County and Westchester County.