Q. If you died today, what funeral home
would you call?
A. Of course, the answer is none
Want To Maintain Control ?
Youll Need The Following...
Anyone who owns property and wants to control who receives the property after
his or her death should have a will, regardless of the value of the property. Without a
will the state decides who gets what.
You have a right to decide whether or not you receive life
sustaining support in the event of a fatal illness, or accident. Someone has to make that
decision ...don't make your family be the ones to decide.
Power of Attorney
A document in which you state that you give someone else (usually
a trusted relative or friend) the authority to make certain decisions and act on your
behalf. The person to whom you give these powers is called an "agent" or
"attorney-in-fact." As long as you are capable of making decisions, the other
person must follow your directions. A power of attorney ends upon your death.
Pre-Need Funeral Arrangements
Funeral arrangements can be made ahead of time, when the family
can think more clearly and without the emotional factors a death brings. You select the
type of services you wish to have, the casket and outer burial container (vault). We
record all of the details that we will need when a death occurs...social security numbers,
parents' names, veterans' information, names and addresses of survivors, and so on. We
will also record information such as your favorite hymns and scripture verses, so they can
be incorporated into your service.
Pre-Need Funeral Trust
Once pre-need funeral arrangements are made, there is an option to
pre-pay the funeral. The funds received by the funeral home must be placed into a interest
bearing trust fund. This fund by New York State law, is either revocable or irrevocable
depending on the persons Medicaid status.
Health Care Proxy *
A legal document which you fill out, sign, and have witnessed,
appointing someone of your choice to make health care decisions for you if you are unable
to make the decisions for yourself. It only is used if you are declared incompetent by two
physicians. Your proxy is not legally liable for decisions or cost of treatments.
DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) *
A do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order tells medical professionals not
to perform CPR. This means that doctors, nurses and emergency medical personnel will not
attempt emergency CPR if the patient's breathing or heartbeat stops. DNR orders may be
written for patients in a hospital or nursing home, or for patients at home. (orally to
physician, in writing "Living Will", or by health care proxy.)
* These are related
Death Care Proxy (Appointment of
Agent to Control Disposition of Remains)
You can appoint any person (with their consent)
to take control of the disposition of your remains. This person does not have to
be related to you. Without this documentation NYS has a set hierarchy
which will be used to determine control. (Spouse, Domestic Partner, Child over
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