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New York Advance Directive Form

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New York is one of three states that do not recognize Living Wills, so this form will not be legally valid. However, a Living Will can still be invaluable in helping to guide your Health Care Proxy or other family members who may be responsible for your care decisions.

Overview: New York recognizes Health Care Proxies but there is no law in New York governing Living Wills and there is no standard Living Will form for New York. You can create your own or use the one we created below. Again, this is not legally valid but it can guide your Health Care Proxy and your physicians about the types of choices you would make.

Required Information for Naming a Health Care Proxy: You and two (2) witnesses must sign your NY Health Care Proxy form for it to be considered valid.

Download the New York Health Care Proxy Form Here
(Via New York Department of Health)

Required Information: Even though this document may not be recognized legally, we recommend signing it and having two (2) witnesses sign it as well.

Download the Everplans New York Living Will Form Here

Remember to add your completed form to your Everplan!

See our complete list of resources for New York.

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