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Total Life Choices (TLC) provides free legal services to promote and protect the dignity of each individual.  TLC attorneys and volunteers empower individuals in articulating and documenting crucial lifetime, incapacity, and end-of-life choices through education and legal planning.  TLC counsels families on complex court procedures for probate, administration and guardianship.

 

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Total Life Choices (TLC)
New York Legal Assistance Group
7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

Phone: (212) 613-5000
Fax: (212) 714-7402

FAQs

Q: Can registered individuals have their Advance Directives accessed if they are admitted to a hospital outside of the U.S.?

A: Individuals without internet access can still make full use of this service. All Advance Directives can be mailed or faxed to you so there is no need for the internet. Doctors, health care facilities and anybody else with whom you share your registration number can download your documents from the internet, or have your document faxed or mailed to them.



Q: I do not want to provide my Social Security Number (SSN). Can I still participate in the Registry service?

A: Yes. If you do not wish to provide your SSN, you may leave that section of your Registration form blank and an account number will be generated randomly and assigned to you.



Q: What if I do not have access to a computer or am not comfortable using the internet, should I still store my Advance Directives electronically?

A: Individuals without internet access can still make full use of this service. All Advance Directives can be mailed or faxed to you so there is no need for the internet. Doctors, health care facilities and anybody else with whom you share your registration number can download your documents from the internet, or have your document faxed or mailed to them.



Q: What is capacity?

A: Under New York law, a person must have the capacity to execute certain legal documents to make them valid.  Generally speaking, this means the person must understand what he/she is doing.  Certain legal documents have more specific requirements.



Q: What does it mean when a person is considered incompetent or incapacitated?

A: A court may find a person is incompetent or incapacitated if the person is unable to provide for his/her own personal needs and/or property and financial management and the person cannot understand the consequences of not being able to care for him or herself. This can be caused by a mental illness, developmental disability, physical injury or other factor. An incapacitated or incompetent person may require a legal guardian to take care of his/her personal needs, property and financial management, or other responsibilities.



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Total Life Choices provides free legal education seminars and trainings on legal planning to community groups and medical and social service professionals. To schedule a TLC presentation, contact Tina Janssen-Spinosa, Esq. at (212) 613-5062 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

 

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