Lawyers Help Seniors, Their Families & Caregivers Understand Estate Planning Law, Living Wills & Health Care Proxies
Lawyers from the New York State Bar Association Hold Workshops Across the State Marking Decision Making Day 2005
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May 05, 2005
ALBANY - Terri Schiavo’s death sparked intense national debate about end-of-life care issues and inspired many millions of Americans across the nation to execute living wills or health care proxies stating their explicit wishes.
Today, to mark the 11th Annual Decision Making Day, renamed last year The Mitchell Rabbino Decision Making Day in memory of Mitchell Rabbino, a former officer of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section who died in 2003, lawyers from the New York State Bar Association are volunteering their time and expertise at more than 160 sites across the state -- including senior centers, community centers, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals, and houses of worship. The day’s mission is to help New Yorkers draft and execute legally binding living wills and health care proxies that explicitly make their end-of-life wishes known. The workshops are sponsored by the Association’s Elder Law Section.
Howard S. Krooks of White Plains (Littman Krooks, LLP) Elder Law Section Chair said, “The Terri Schiavo matter helped to raise the national consciousness regarding living wills and health care proxies as well as the importance of making family and friends aware of your wishes in the event that you lose the ability to make end-of-life decisions for yourself. Over the years, Decision Making Day workshops have offered free valuable consumer information and guidance to thousands of New Yorkers.”
This year, NYSBA lawyers focused their workshops on seven major legal subject areas:
New York Health Care Proxy
Do Not Resuscitate Orders
Organ and Tissue Donation
Powers of Attorney
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