New York Living Wills Laws
People are often confused by the legal term a "living will." It's technically not a will, but a legal document expressing an individual's medical treatment preferences in the event they become unconciousness or otherwise unable to communicate. If someone does not want to be kept on artificial life-support, they can make this binding and clear in a living will.
The state and application of New York living wills are not spelled out in an specific statute, but there is a Health Care Agents and Proxies Public Health section on the books. The following table provides the basic provisions of New York's living wills law. See Should You Consider a Living Will? to learn more.
|Code Section||No statutory provisions (But see Health Care Agents and Proxies Public Health Art.29-C §2980 et seq.)|
|Specific Powers, Life-Prolonging Acts||-|
|Legal Requirements for Valid Living Will||-|
|Revocation of Living Will||-|
|Validity from State-to-State||-|
|If Physician Unwilling to Follow Durable Power of Attorney||-|
|Immunity for Attending Physician||-|
Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New York estate planning attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
Research the Law:
- New York Code
- Official State Codes - Links to the official online statutes (laws) in all 50 states and DC.
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