Health Care Proxies
A health care proxy is a document that allows an individual to name an agent and a successor agent to make health care decisions in the event the individual lacks the capacity to make his or her own medical decisions. Once the physician determines the individual lacks capacity, the named agent can make any decision the incapacitated person could have made. This means the agent is empowered to make all health care decisions not just decisions concerning end of life. Pursuant to a health care proxy, the agent is required to act according to the principal’s wishes. Where the wishes are unknown, the agent is required to act in accordance with the principal’s best interests except when it comes to decisions regarding artificial nutrition and hydration. At Makofsky Law Group, P.C., we draft our health care proxies to indicate that the agent is authorized to make decisions about artificial nutrition and hydration and we explain to our clients what needs to be done to comply with the health care proxy law so that all end of life decisions can be made by the agent.
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