Queens, NY, July 13, 2011 – On Thursday, July 28, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., is co-sponsoring a senior sunset supper that includes a health care proxy/elder law seminar at Sugar Bun Bakery, 156-22 Crossbay Boulevard, Howard Beach, with Linda Marshak, elder law attorney and partner at Brady & Marshak, to kick off their “Health Care Proxy For All” campaign. The event starts at 6 PM. Seating will be limited—call the law firm to reserve your seat now at 718-738-8500, or call Kristi in Senator Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.
It is important for every older adult, regardless of health status, to have a representative appointed by them who can make health care decisions if they are temporarily or permanently unable to make decisions. The best way to ensure that your wishes regarding health care are carried out is to choose a health care representative, or “proxy” and make your wishes known to that person regarding your medical treatment wishes, and once that person has agreed to carry out your wishes, complete the legal form naming them as your agent. Your health care agent will be your voice, and their instructions regarding your care must be followed (only when you cannot speak for yourself). Without such a completed health care proxy form, your wishes may not be known, and you may or may not receive the care as you would have preferred.
There are many people in New York who have not completed a health care proxy document. According to Senator Addabbo, “The NYS Senate considers this issue to be so important, that it passed a recent bill for the DMV to begin, no later than 2013, to send health care proxy forms with driver’s license and registration renewal. This will take a period of years to reach seniors, who may or may not complete the forms, or may complete theirs incorrectly.”
Brady & Marshak partner Linda Marshak explains: “My partner and I appreciate Senator Addabbo’s invitation to speak to the seniors in our community. We at Brady & Marshak, LLP, work to protect our clients’ peace of mind, so that their health care wishes and choices are carried out by a loved one even when they cannot speak for themselves. We believe every adult should have a health care proxy in place and we would like to make it our goal as elder law attorneys in the area, to promote and facilitate completion of health care proxy documents for the clientele we serve by holding these events as a public service.”
Senator Addabbo’s Director of Special Events, Peter DeLucia, notes that he is planning another nutrition/elder law lecture with legal and health care professionals to be held at the Woodhaven Senior Center later this summer. Last month, a similar lecture was held at the Ozone Park Senior Center.
For more information about elder law, contact Brady & Marshak at 156-36 Crossbay Boulevard, Howard Beach; 718-738-8500.
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