Health Care Proxy

April 27, 2005

This issue of the Koldin Law Center, P.C. E-Newsletter reviews Health Care Proxies.

The Terry Schiavo case in Florida has raised national awareness to the issues of life sustaining medical treatment.

A Health Care Proxy is a legal document in New York State which allows you to appoint someone to make health care decisions on your behalf if you lose the ability to make decisions for yourself.

The Koldin Law Center recommends to its clients that a Health Care Proxy be signed which also makes specific reference to one's wishes regarding feeding tubes and hydration. Also, we suggest that a specific provision be in the Health Care Proxy expressly granting the appointed agent(s) authority to obtain your medical records under the HIPAA privacy laws.

The standard Health Care Proxy forms do not include specific instructions regarding feeding tubes, hydration and HIPAA. The Koldin Law Center is available to properly design your Health Care Proxy to include these important instructions.

Our Attorneys Are Available to Speak to Your Organization

Our Attorneys speak to groups throughout New York State as a public service. If you would like to arrange for one of our Attorneys to speak to your group, please contact our office.

We Appreciate Your Referrals

We have been told by many clients who are in a crisis that they wish they had known about our firm much sooner. We are proud of the many families we have helped in times of crisis.

We are also proud of the many families we helped avoid financial crisis by doing estate planning in advance.

We all share the responsibility for making our family and friends aware of the planning options available to them.

Your referral to the Koldin Law Center could make a major difference in the lives of your family and friends if they are someday faced with a long term illness.

Remember that the Koldin Law Center offers many services for clients of all ages. Our services range from basic estate planning such as a simple will to complex estate planning including asset preservation planning.

There is no fee for the initial consultation.