Unlike the Health Care Proxy, there is no specific law in New York that establishes Living Wills. However, the courts in New York have honored Living Wills that have established a person's wishes by "clear and convincing proof." That is, it must be shown that the person who has become incapable had previously given clear and specific instructions regarding a certain type of medical care or procedure.
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