Are living wills still recognized as being legal documents in New York State?
Estate Planning Attorney
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.
Elder Law Attorney
A living will is not legally binding in New York. A much better choice would be a health care proxy which is legally binding.
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