Family Court, Wills, and Health Care Proxies

Family Court

Our office provides compassionate family legal services on the matters of child custody, paternity, visitation modification and restraining orders.  We are attentive to your needs and aggressive in accomplishing them.  Robert Howe has aided hundreds of people in the New York City area in resolving their family law issues with a minimum amount of anxiety.



Health Care Proxy

What is a health care proxy?

A health care proxy is a document which allows you as a competent adult to appoint another person as "agent" or "attorney in fact" to make decisions for you regarding your health care in the event you lose your decision making capacity or the ability to understand and appreciate the nature and consequence of health care decisions, or it can impose limitations and spell out specific instructions.  Do I need other documents to insure my wishes are carried out?  You should consider having a Durable Power of Attorney for property management so that your agent has power to provide funding for medical care and treatment.



What is a living will?

A living will is a document which is used by those persons who want to express their feelings about the withholding of life-sustaining treatment that prolongs the process of dying.  Many persons want to make clear their objection to unwanted medical measures in advance; others wish to state that they favor measures to have all available kinds of life-sustaining treatment administered.


How specific should you be in your living will?

Your living will should express your genenral wishes; but it can also be as specific as you can express.  If you have definite desires or preferences as to medical treatement under certain circumstances, it is important to spell them out both in the document itself and in discussions with your health care agent and physician.  This written and oral evidence helps ensure that your wishes and values will be respected when you can no longer made such judgements on your own behalf.


Why do you need a will?

The primary reason for making a will is for leaving your property to those you care about and in the proportions you choose.  If you die without a will, the property in your name in most instances will be distributed among your family members, and perhaps not exactly the way you prefer.  You are able to choose an executor whom you trust will carry out your wishes.  If you die without a will and leave young children, a court-appointed guardian may be required to manage your child's share.

How do you go about making a will?  Can you pick up some printed forms and make them out in your own handwriting?

You could do that, but you might not have a legal will, and you may not have the best will for your personal situation.  Always consult an attorney to protect your assetes and family members. 


Do you have questions or do you want to make an appointment in this area?

Call us at 718.748.9700 or use our contact form.