Published January, 2005

Planning Your Health Care in Advance: How to Make Your End-of-Life Wishes Known and Honored, New York State Office of the Attorney General (2005)

This thorough consumer guide to New York law provides information and sample forms to help users exercise their right to make treatment decisions and ensure that their wishes for end-of-life-care are understood and respected by care givers, family, and friends. The guide includes an explanation of different types of advance directives (e.g., health care proxy, living will); guidance on how to prepare, make known, or cancel these directives; and discussions of issues such as pain management, hospice care, and organ donation. The guide also incorporates a list of organizations that can provide additional forms and information and citations to relevant case law and statutes.