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WHEN TAKING CARE OF YOUR ESTATE AND END-OF-LIFE PLANNING, MAKE THE DECISION TO BE AN ORGAN, EYE AND TISSUE DONOR

None of us like to consider our own mortality. But as your legal advisor, I (OR NAME OF FIRM) would be remiss if I (WE) didn’t draw your attention to the importance of taking care of the future.

Why wait for events to unfold leaving unfinished business, your financial affairs left to others to sort out, and your loved ones unsure of what your end-of-life medical wishes are?  After all, no matter how well your family members may know you, isn’t it unfair to anticipate that they can “read your mind?”

While you are capable of doing so, I (WE) urge you to take care of your estate-planning basics and the so-called “Advance Medical Directives.” These include:

  • Drawing up a Will
  • Taking out a life insurance policy to provide income in the event of your death
  • Getting disability insurance
  • Naming a durable power of attorney, an individual who can manage your financial decisions if you are unable to
  • Selecting a Health Care Proxy so that someone you trust can make medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated

I (WE/NAME OF FIRM) can sit down with you and help you to ask the right questions so that you can sensibly take care of these serious matters.

Consider Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation:

At the same time, when you make the wise decision to take control of your life’s end before someone else is forced to do so, it is appropriate for you to consider how you can share your love of life with others through organ, tissue and eye donation.

More than 120,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in the United States, and over 10,000 of them live in New York State. Thousands more need tissues such as skin, bone and heart-valves as well as corneas.

Only 22% of eligible New Yorkers have signed up to be organ donor, compared with a national average of 47%.

Did you know that one donor can save up to eight lives through organ donation, and another 50 lives can be saved or improved by tissue donation?

So while you are securing the fiscal future of those you love, and taking control of your medical advance directives, I (WE/NAME OF FIRM) can assist you in having your questions about organ donation answered. For instance,  I (WE) can explain to you why, in New York State, the Donate Life Registry is the single most important way of registering to be a donor—not your driver’s license.

I (WE) suggest you review the website of LiveOnNY, the nonprofit federally-designated organ procurement organization in the greater New York metropolitan area, at www.LiveOnNY.org. After you have done so, I (WE) invite you to call or stop by so that we can ensure that your decision to celebrate your life by being a donor is legally implemented.