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Are living wills still recognized as being legal documents in New York State?

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Are living wills still recognized as being legal documents in New York State?

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  1. Yes, they are. They are generally expressions of an individual's intent. A health care proxy is a more comprehensive document that names an agent to make health care decisions for the principal. The agent has broad powers to act for the principal in the event of incapacity.


  2. A living will is not legally binding in New York. A much better choice would be a health care proxy which is legally binding.

    Disclaimer: Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on since each situation is fact specific, and it is impossible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and documents at issue. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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