The New York Living Will
A document which includes instructions for medical treatment and end-of-life care is called a Living Will. A living will is a written statement of an individual’s wishes regarding medical treatment. The statement is to be followed if the individual is unable to provide instructions at the time medical decisions need to be made. The health care proxy is significantly different from the living will in that it empowers another person (the agent) to make health care decisions if the patient cannot do so herself. The living will, on the other hand, has no such provision but enables a person to express her own choices regarding medical treatment. However, it is not often that a person can address every situation that may happen so it is always advisable to also have a Health Care Proxy in New York. Like a Health Care Proxy, a Living Will can be changed at any time, as long as the individual making the change is competent.