What Is A Health Care Proxy?

A New York Law called the Health Care Proxy Law allows you to appoint someone you trust and who knows you well, such as a family member or close friend, who will agree to act in your best interests regarding your health care if you lose the ability to make decisions about treatment for yourself. The document in which you appoint this person as your health care agent is called a Health Care Proxy.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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