There are two advanced health care directives of great importance in health care decision-making, a health care proxy, and a living will. A health care proxy enables you to designate an individual, usually, but not necessarily, a family member, to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. A living will specifies your wishes with respect to life-sustaining treatments in the event of an irreversible life-threatening health condition with no real prospect of discovery. These directives can and should be tailored to the principal’s particular needs, concerns, and desires.

Our firm is involved in helping families prepare and execute advanced health care directives in New York and New Jersey, as our firm has attorneys admitted to practice in both states. We also make sure to register all advanced health care directives that we execute on our clients’ consent with the U.S. Health Care Registry which posts the directives online for health care providers across the spectrum throughout the United States, and beyond.