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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: When does a Healthcare Advance Directive become effective?

A: A Living Will and Health Care Proxy will become effective only when you are incapacitated and unable to make or communicate your wishes regarding your care.



Q: How does TLC's Healthcare Advance Directives Program work?

A: A TLC staff member will first review your documents to ensure they are legally sufficient. Your Advance Directive(s) are then scanned into the U.S. Living Will Registry® so that an exact image of your document is stored. Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation letter, stating that you are registered, and a wallet sized card listing your registration number.

Health care providers can contact the U.S. Living Will Registry® on the telephone or via a secure Internet web site, and request a copy of your Advance Directive(s). The Registry sends a copy to the provider, and it is kept as part of your confidential medical record. If you do not have your card, the health care provider can still access your document using your social security number (health care providers almost always have your social security number because they use it for billing purposes). Your document is stored and transmitted in the safest way possible to ensure your privacy. You will have peace of mind knowing that your Advance Directive is safe, secure and available to your family and doctors whenever and wherever it is needed. Because health care providers can contact the Registry to see if any patient has an Advance Directive, they can retrieve your document even if they don't have your card.



Q: How do I register my Advance Directive with the U.S. Living Will Registry®?

A: To submit Advance Directives for registration, you or your social service provider may send the documents along with the U.S. Living Will Registry® Registration Agreement to TLC by any of the following methods:

  • Fax to: (212) 714-7402 to the attention of “Total Life Choices”
  • Email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
  • Mail to:

New York Legal Assistance Group
Attn.: Total Life Choices
7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004

  • Additional Advance Directive forms and registration materials can be obtained by clicking on the forms pull-down menu on the left or by calling (212) 613-5062 or e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



Q: How much does it cost to register with the U.S. Living Will Registry®?

A: Registration is completely free. Through the generosity of TLC's funders, we are able to provide this service free of charge so that everyone can participate.



Q: What if I change my mind?

A: You can revoke your Health Care Proxy and/or Living Will at any time while you are competent by informing your agent or physician that you have changed your mind. You must notify the U.S. Living Will Registry® in writing if you change or revoke your Advance Directive in which case your old directive will be destroyed and your new document will be registered. Moreover, the U.S. Living Will Registry® automatically sends annual reminder letters to confirm that your information is up-to-date.

To change your Advance Directive(s): Simply fill out a new Health Care Proxy and/or a new Living Will form and mail everything to TLC. We will ensure that your documents are replaced or deleted in the U.S. Living Will Registry® database.

All documents should be mailed to:


New York Legal Assistance Group
Attn.: Total Life Choices
7 Hanover Square, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004



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