Living Wills and Advance Healthcare Directives 2017-11-14T20:50:19+00:00

Wills and Probate

Staten Island Attorney Drafts Living Wills

Advance healthcare directives define the limits of medical intervention

Many people have strong opinions about just how much extraordinary medical treatment they’re willing to accept to save or prolong their lives. Those in good health usually believe in their capacity to bounce back from an emergency, so they demand an “all of the above” approach. Others, particularly those in declining health, may feel that chest compressions and shocks to their heart would cause too much trauma, leaving them with a greatly diminished quality of life. They might choose to limit medical interventions or even request that healthcare providers “do not resuscitate.” Wherever you or your family are in your decision-making process, William J. Newstad, Esq., Attorney and Counselor at Law can provide you with the information necessary to make the most appropriate choice for your circumstances, and memorialize your intentions in a legally binding advance healthcare directive.

Exploring options for a healthcare proxy and advance healthcare directive

Since 1997, we have helped individuals craft living wills to set the parameters for medical interventions in the face of a life-threatening event. Questions which you might consider include:

  • What emergency measures make you uncomfortable and why?
  • What are your personal views towards life and death?
  • At what point should a patient transition from curative to palliative care?
  • Who do you trust to make decisions for you if you become incapacitated?

Once your viewpoint on end-of-life issues is clear, we can draft precise documents that reflect your preferences:

  • Durable power of attorney or healthcare proxy — Either of these documents empowers a person you select to make decisions for you about lifesaving interventions and medical care
  • Living will — Records your intentions to guide healthcare providers in emergency situations when your proxy is unavailable

Clients who come to us for healthcare proxies often take the opportunity to discuss their last wills and any other items related to their estate plan.

Helping families speak about crucial end-of-life decisions

The hallmark of William J. Newstad, Esq., Attorney and Counselor at Law is the highly personal service we provide for our clients. We understand how difficult it can be for families to discuss heartrending possibilities. But as your healthcare proxy attorney, we know from experience that deciding issues in advance can save a great deal of sorrow later. We offer the welcoming environment of our Staten Island office as a comfortable venue for families to discuss these essential topics.

Contact a dedicated Staten Island lawyer for living wills in NY and NJ

William J. Newstad, Esq., Attorney and Counselor at Law works to inform clients about their options for healthcare proxies and advance healthcare directives. To schedule a consultation, call 718.815.5800 or contact our office online. When necessary, we can arrange to meet with a family member in a hospital or nursing facility.

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William J. Newstad, Attorney at Law
3884 Amboy Road
Staten Island, New York 10308
718.815.5800 Phone
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William J. Newstad, Attorney at Law is located in Staten Island, NY and serves clients in and around Staten Island, Breezy Point, Brooklyn, New York, Jamaica, Rockaway Park, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Long Island City, Howard Beach, Middle Village, Sunnyside, Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Woodside, Arverne, Elmhurst, Rego Park, Astoria, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill, Richmond Hill, Jackson Heights, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Corona, East Elmhurst, Inwood, Springfield Gardens, Bronx, Bronx County, Kings County, Nassau County, New York County, Orange County, Queens County, Richmond County, Rockland County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.